• It may seem sometimes as if a culture of peace does not stand a chance against the culture of war, the culture of violence and the cultures of impunity and intolerance. Peace may indeed be a complex challenge, dependent on action in many fields and even a bit of luck from time to time. It may be a painfully slow process, and fragile and imperfect when it is achieved. But peace is in our hands. We can do it.

    "Secretary-General Stresses Need for Culture of Peace". Kofi Annan's message for the occasion of the International Day of Peace (September 14), September 10, 1999.
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