Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by resolution 36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982.
In 2001, the General Assembly by unanimous vote adopted resolution 55/282, which established 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire.
The United Nations invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.
September 21 provides a unique opportunity to join with people across the region and around the world to take meaningful action for peace. Observe Peace Days in an active way that is meaningful to you.
Download the PEACE DAY 2013 Global Framework Guide here with many ideas related to Reflection – Education – Celebration.
We encourage you to plan an activity related to peace in keeping with your organization’s vision and mission for the week of September 15th. Activities can be large or small, in-house or public. We encourage collaborations, as well as offering public events at low or no cost to make them accessible. We especially encourage activities involve one or more levels of peace – PERSONAL, LOCAL, GLOBAL and plans that include follow up activities that will take place after September 21. We also urge you to help spread the word about Peace Days to your partners and collaborating organizations. If you would like to organize an event, please contact us.
The International Day of Peace is also a powerful day to communicate about your ongoing work related to peace and non-violence. We urge organizations and civic leaders to use the week of September 15th as a platform to communicate and raise awareness about peace related initiatives and programs, and encourage participation at the Peace Days events. Check out our events calendar by clicking here.
Commit one minute, one hour or a day during Peace Days, in the spirit of peace and non-violence. Join the global action of observing a minute of silence at noon on September 21st or take time for a special activity with family, help a neighbor, organize a community event, or offer forgiveness.