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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Yuna Kim's International Day of Peace Speech
Good morning everyone. I'm Yuna Kim. First of all thank you for inviting me to the Peace Bell ceremony in the student observance of the 'International Day of Peace'. I'm extremely honored to be part of this very important and significant event. The word 'peace' may have a different meaning to different people. To many, peace is what enables development and is critical in providing opportunities to young people. To some, especially to those from regions involving conflict, peace keeping and at forced to preserving peace… preserve peace, are absolutely vital in brining prosperity and hope for the future. To me, peace represents a state of mind - being at peace with yourself. I believe that when you are at peace with yourself, both mentally and physically, you can achieve anything. Peace is what allows us, especially young people, to dream, go after ones goals, and prepare you for the next challenge in life. There is a saying, 'Where there is peace, there is culture. Where there is culture, there is peace.' However as an athlete and figure skater, I would like to say, 'Where there is peace, there is sports. Where there is sports, there is peace.' Growing up and watching performances of legendary skaters, provided a great source of inspiration for me and helped shape my dreams and goals for the future. Participating in the 2010 Winter Olympics gave me a wonderful opportunity to see the many countries and athletes unite under the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play. The 'International Day of peace' provides a valuable opportunity for everyone to observe peace together. As we come together in unity, let us take a moment to reflect on what each of us can do to build peace around the world. Thank you.