He read the greeting of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the participants of the event. "Over the past years, the Eurasian Peoples'
Assembly has become an authoritative nongovernmental organization. Its activities contribute to the strengthening of friendship, trust and mutual understanding in our common Eurasian space, the development of a broad intercultural and interfaith dialogue. The growing prestige of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly is evidenced by today's reception dedicated to the International Day of Peace. It brought together representatives of state structures and international organizations, diplomatic missions, business circles, the general public — all those who seek to contribute to the promotion of the values of peace", Sergey Lavrov said in his greeting.
On behalf of the United Nations, Vladimir Pavinsky, Deputy Director of the UN Information Center in Russia, greeted the audience.
"Peace is not a naive dream. It's a little light in the dark. The light that guides us on the only path to a better future for humanity. Let's walk the path of peace as if our lives depend on it. Because they do", Vladimir Pavinsky quoted UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
The desire for peace was demonstrated by the action that has become traditional for the reception in honor of the Day of Peace. The guests and the organizers of the evening simultaneously rang the bells, thereby showing their willingness to make every effort to reach the world peace.
The International Day of Peace was established by the UN General Assembly in 1981. In 2001, the UN General Assembly decided that starting from 2002, this day will be celebrated annually on September 21. The solemn date has been declared the day of non-violence and ceasefire, the day of strengthening the ideals of peace among all countries and peoples.
The International Union of Non-Governmental Organizations "Eurasian Peoples' Assembly" annually holds a reception in honor of the International Day of Peace.