21 Sep '12, 12am

United Nations International Day of Peace

United Nations International Day of Peace

From its inception following the end of World War II, one of the guiding principles of the United Nations (UN) has been the establishment and maintenance of world peace. As long ago as 1954 the UN was presented with a Peace Bell. This was cast from metal obtained by melting down coins that had been collected from delegates by children, following the 13th General Conference of the UN Associations held in Paris in 1951. The bell was presented to the UN by Japan at a time when Japan was still waiting to be formally admitted. Since then the bell has been symbolically rung on many special occasions. Back in 1954, although the Korean War had ground to a halt the previous year, the Cold War was at its height and was set to continue for many years to come. The world at that time was living on a knife-edge and many firmly believed that a four-minute warning was all they would recei...

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