In his message on the
International Day of Peace, observed annually on 21 September,
Secretary-General Kofi Annan said certain "fundamental priorities merit a
special claim on our attention". He stressed the need to strengthen the system
of collective security and build greater international solidarity in order to
tackle grave humanitarian emergencies.
He also urged the need to forge a global partnership for
development, to fight hunger, ignorance, poverty and disease and meet the
Millennium Development Goals. He further underscored the need for the promotion
of greater tolerance and understanding among the peoples of the world.
This year's theme for the International Day of Peace is