International Peace Day - September 21st

September 05, 2014

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Established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 (resolution 36/67), International Peace Day is a yearly celebration seeking  the end of violence and war across the globe. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Each year on this day, celebrations are held in hundreds of countries, all with the same goal in mind: to stop war and violence. The United Nations goal for this day is “a day of non-violence and ceasefire.”

To mark the 30th anniversary of the General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace, the theme of this year’s International Day of Peace is the “Right of Peoples to Peace” - offering a unique opportunity to reaffirm the UN’s commitment to the purposes and principles upon which the Organization was founded. The Declaration recognizes that the promotion of peace is vital for the full enjoyment of all human rights. On this day, all nations and people are invited to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.