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Prayer for Peace Moment

Prayer for Peace Moment
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During a special time on the spiritual calendar, when Christians are celebrating Easter, Jews are marking Passover, and Muslims are observing the holy month of Ramadan, the Prayer for Peace will be a moment to come together in reflection. Sikhs are also celebrating Vaisakhi.

Religious representatives will gather at UN Headquarters to deliver a critical message about peace at a time of so much conflict and suffering around the world.

The UN family, including staff, delegates and the press corps, is welcome to attend.

This moment is an opportunity for individuals of diverse faiths and beliefs to reflect on the importance of maintaining and building long-lasting peace. It is also a moment to remember the most vulnerable, and to embrace compassion, solidarity and mutual respect – values at the heart of the United Nations Charter.

12:30 p.m.      Music by UN Chamber Music Society as participants gather [3 mins]

12:33 p.m.     Opening remarks by Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, who serves as Master of Ceremony (This will include a brief land acknowledgement) [2 min]

12:35 p.m.      Remarks by Mr. António Guterres, UN Secretary-General [2 min]

12:37 p.m.      Prayer led by Rev. Doyeon Park, Won Buddhist, Chaplain at New York University, Religious Life Adviser at Columbia University (Buddhist representative) [2 min]

12:39 p.m.      Prayer led by Rev. Dr. Chloe Breyer, Executive Director, Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY) and Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of New York (Christian representative) [2 min]

12:41 p.m.      Prayer led by Mr. Ramaswamy Mohan, Trustee, Secretary and Treasurer of the Hindu Temple Society of North America (Hindu representative) [2 min]

12:43 p.m.      Prayer led by Imam Musa Kabba, Masjid-Ur-Rahmah Mosque, Bronx (Islamic representative) [2 min]

12:45 p.m.      Prayer led by Rabbi Joshua Stanton, Rabbi of East End Temple in Manhattan and a Senior Fellow at CLAL – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (Jewish representative) [2 min]

12:47 p.m.      Prayer led by Dr. Simran Jeet Singh, Executive Director, The Aspen Institute's Religion & Society Program (Sikh representative) [2 min]

12:49 p.m.      A minute of silence led by Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake to include people of secular backgrounds [1 min]

12:50 p.m.      Closing remarks by Mr. Miguel Ángel Moratinos, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) [1 min]