Every year on September 21st thousands of people worldwide celebrate International Day of Peace . This holiday was established in 1981 by a Resolution 36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly to concentrate the efforts of UNO in promoting the ideals of peace as well as to show how the solidary actions of people worldwide may have positive impacts on establishing Peace in the World.
In establishing the International Day of Peace, the United Nations General Assembly decided that it would be appropriate:
“to devote a specific time to concentrate the efforts of the United Nations and its Member States, as well as of the whole of mankind, to promoting the ideals of peace and to giving positive evidence of their commitment to peace in all viable ways… (The International Day of Peace) should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.”
” This will serve as a reminder to all peoples that our Organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should serve all of us here within the Organization as a constantly pealing bell reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace. May this Peace Day indeed be a day of peace.”
“The Assembly, reaffirming the contribution that the observance and celebration of the International Day of Peace make in strengthening the ideals of peace and alleviating tensions and causes of conflict, (decided that) beginning with the fifty-seventh session, the Day should be observed on 21 September each year, with this date to be brought to the attention of all people for the celebration and observance of peace.”
“Declares that the International Day of Peace shall henceforth be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day…”
I’d like to report the invitation of the Organizational Committee of International Day of Peace to participate in celebrations of this day. There are many ways to do it, for example:
• Express your approval and support for the International Day of Peace getting registered on the site
• Another very simple way: on September 21st together with UNO General Assembly and millions of people around the world observe a minute of silence for peace and non-violence at 12 noon local time, individually or with the whole organization or getting together with pupils or students.
• You may make a celebration for the children at children’s Home, or veterans, or plant a tree of Peace, or carry some volunteer project which will touch the subject of intercultural and international relations. The thematic of the day is desired to be based on the ideology of peace building.
Ideas of how to celebrate the day are dime a dozen. You can get acquainted with them here
WHAT: The International Day of Peace provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of Peace on a shared date. Use the International Day of Peace annually to highlight the Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World, 2001 to 2010.
WHEN: Annually, 21 September – The International Day of Peace
WHERE: Wherever you are.
WHO: You and all who care about building Cultures of Peace for the children of this and future generations.
WHY: To mark our individual and collective progress toward building Cultures of Peace, and serve as a reminder of our permanent commitment to Peace, above all interests and differences of any kind.
Interestingly this day coincides with Armenian Day of Independence. It is always celebrated by open-air concerts, fire-works, and the youth going randomly from one café to another. Never heard of any volunteering that day. The amazing peculiarity of International Day of Peace is that you make local efforts, but thanks to thousands of other enthusiasts like you, they may make considerable and apparent changes
I have several ideas. What about you? If you are interested and you are already thinking about it, let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org). I will join you with the greatest pleasure as this is a great opportunity to unite our efforts and make a real Service for Peace.
May Peace Prevail On Earth.