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The Olympics should have been a time of peace, but the world was at war. There were 19 wars and 16 war-like conflicts in the world during the Olympic Games. Overall, there are 409 conflicts, of which 223 are violent.

To shine a light on conflicts and to endorse the peaceful ideals of Olympic Games the initiative Sports for Peace, who hosted at the London Olympics Muhammad Ali's farewell, presented the 'Olympic Ideal of Peace' light installation in the Santa Marta Favela in Rio.

The projections in the favelas served as a reminder of the Olympic ideals which were not brought to life in Rio de Janeiro, especially the Olympic ideal of laying down all arms: all over the world the killings went on, especially in Syria.

Ban Ki-moon, was elected as Secretary-General of the United Nations in October 2006. In this video he speaks about growing up in Korea when the UN helped his family escape the horrors of war, his role as Secretary-General, and his hope for the future.

At the 25th UN Conference on Disarmament Issues in Hiroshima 26-28 August 2015, International Press Syndicate interviewed Ambassador Kazutoshi Aikawa, Director-General, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department, Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on joint move with Kazakhstan to facilitate the entry into force of the CTBT, and planned nuclear disarmament initiatives.

At the 25th UN Conference on Disarmament Issues in Hiroshima 26-28 August 2015, International Press Syndicate interviewed Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala, President of Pugwash Conferences on Science & World Affairs, former UN Under Secretary General for Disarmament Affairs on: How to find a short-cut to CTBT waiting in the wings for 20 years?

At the 25th UN Conference on Disarmament Issues in Hiroshima 26-28 August 2015, International Press Syndicate interviewed Ambassador Sérgio de Queiroz Duarte, former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, President of 2005 NPT Review Conference, on the need for patience in achieving ambitious goals.

At the 25th UN Conference on Disarmament Issues in Hiroshima 26-28 August 2015, International Press Syndicate interviewed Egypt's Assistant Foreign Minister Hisham Badr on the impediments on way to the Middle East Nuclear and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) Free Zone.

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