The United Nations celebrated International Peace Day on September 20 by ringing their "peace bell" to signal one minute of silence.
SCU Assistant Secretary- General Robert Muller speaking (SOT) CUTAWAY peace bell (3 shots)
GV People in audience bowing heads in prayer
SV Muller ringing peace bell, people observing one minute's silence (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE ONE):
MULLER: "Dear friends assembled here, and dear brothers and sisters all over the world. This is the first time in human history that the world will celebrate by the ringing of the peace bell, offered by Japanese children to the United Nations, an International Day of Peace. And it's good that this day should be celebrated each third Tuesday of September at a moment and time when the General Assembly begins its yearly sessions. And I hope that not only you here, but that all listeners, the lady monks and nuns in their convents, that all the churches around this world, that the all buddhist (indistinct) will rally round this world, at this moment force and the dreams of the four and a half billion people of this planet in order to finally at long last have what this planet was always supposed to be -- a planet of permanent peace."
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Background: The United Nations celebrated International Peace Day on September 20 by ringing their "peace bell" to signal one minute of silence. It was the first time the bell had been put to such use. The bell, gorged from coins and bronze donated by sixty countries, was presented to the United Nations in 1954 on behalf of children in Japan. At a small ceremony in the U.n. secretariat's gardens, where the bell is kept, Assistant Secretary-General Robert Muller said he hoped religious groups around the world would rally on International Peace Day to gather together the goodwill, inspiration, moral force and dreams of all people on earth to achieve, at long last, a planet of permanent peace. International peace Day coincided with the start of the U.N. General Assembly's 38th session.