Quotes and Supporters
Over the years, many distinguished peacemakers have offered their support and messages of goodwill to the World Peace Flame and its projects.
Messages of Support from Nobel Peace Prize laureates
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan: “We can build a better world for succeeding generations, if we only summon the will. You are all, in your own way, nurturing the culture of peace for the sake of our children and grandchildren.”
Former President Mikhail Gorbachev: “I hope the symbolic World Peace Pathway will be more than just an attraction for visitors to this city. May it also be a reminder to all those who see these stones that every one of us can make a difference in building a more secure, more just, and more humane world order.”
Some messages and quotes from ambassadors
Cyprus: You deserve many congratulations for this initiative. It readily brings to mind the words of the UNESCO Constitution: “…since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed…”.
Lebanon: “Would that I could be the peacemaker in your soul, that I might turn the discord and the rivalry of your elements into oneness and melody. But how shall I, unless you yourselves be also the peacemakers, nay, the lovers of all your elements?” The Prophet, Khalil Gibran (born in Lebanon in 1883)
Slovakia: Peace: though a short word it has a deep meaning expressing profound human happiness. Peaceful coexistence and respect for human rights and freedom are prerequisite for life, development and prosperity.
Sweden: The pathway to peace has never been easy to pursue, and never will be. In the era of globalization peace has become indivisible and inseparable from other elements of human development. A pathway may consist of many stones, but you will not be able to walk on it if the stones do not form one whole. Peace will only be possible if all countries agree on a common, active policy, covering the whole field of global issues, such as struggle against poverty, elimination of injustice, defence of human rights and promotion of disarmament. May all stones on the World Peace Pathway symbolize the need for joint efforts to solve the problems that form obstacles to peace.
Syria: We are glad to participate in this unique effort to bring stones from all over the world and we hope that it will bring the world one step closer to the peace we all seek and aspire.
Thailand: The idea of achieving security through national armament is, at the present state of military technique, a disastrous illusion. The development of armament race, especially that of the weapons of mass destruction, will eventually bring about to the mankind a general annihilation.
The possible ways to achieve peaceful co-existence and loyal cooperation among countries are to do away with mutual fear and distrust and solemnly reject any violence. Such renunciation can be effective if at the same time all nations would sincerely and wholeheartedly uphold the roles of the United Nations in eradicating conflicts and bring about peace to the mankind.
The stone from Thailand symbolizes the peace-loving of our people as well as their belief in the roles of the United Nations in this respect.
Some quotes from international peacemakers
Robert Muller, Former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and co-founder of the United Nations University for Peace
“I wholeheartedly applaud the installation of the World Peace Flame in The Hague. May it give birth to Peace Flames and monuments to Known and Unknown Peacemakers all over the world.
Perhaps the World Peace Pathway around the Monument will have the form of a spiral which will progressively embrace the entire world with peace. This is already the case of the walk-way around the Peace Monument of the United Nations University for Peace in demilitarized Costa Rica.
And a great bravo to the government of the Netherlands and the city of The Hague which have been a model of peace promotion since the end of the last Century.”
Governor Ruth Ann Minner, State of Delaware, USA
“As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, 'It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work for it.' The World Peace Pathway is a shining example of people from many nations working together to remind each of us to remain diligent in our efforts to achieve peace worldwide.”
Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich, State of Ohio, USA
“I send this message in support of the installation of the World Peace Pathway in the city of The Hague. At a time when violence is more often used to accomplish policy objectives, the World Peace Pathway reminds us that we should all be focusing on achieving change through peaceful means. Congratulations on this important initiative!”
Jack Healey, Executive Director of the Human Rights Action Committee and Former Executive Director of Amnesty International
“Eleanor Roosevelt said that ‘peace begins in small places’. The World Peace Pathway is such a beginning. It is the place in all of our hearts that seeks peace, justice, and human rights for all. A small light begs the darkness to leave; many small lights demand the darkness to go away. The World Peace Pathway is that stream of light we so badly need now. Join us with your heart, your candle, your peace, and your fondness for decency for all.”