UN Rings Bell For World Peace

Category: World / Sep 18, 2013 12:45PM EDT

The United Nations held its annual Peace Bell ceremony in New York on Wednesday (September 18) to mark the International Day of Peace.

Ringing the bell was John Ashe, the new president of the General Assembly, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

In his speech on the grounds of the U.N. headquarters in New York where the ceremony took place, ban singled out the conflict in Syria as one the world need to try hard to end.

According to U.N. estimates more than 100,000 have been killed in the Syrian civil war.

The International Day of Peace was established by the U.N. in 1981 and falls on the third Tuesday of September each year.

The U.N. calls on all nations to honor the day with a cessation of violence.

Video Credit: Reuters