International Day of Peace History
International Day of Peace seeks to promote peace among nations and peoples. Peace is recognized as both an innate state of being, and a dynamic evolutionary process wherein constructive growth can occur and the children of this and future generations may gain hope for a better world to inherit.
International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations in 1981. In 2002, the United Nations declared it a permanent holiday. Through education and public awareness events, the UN endeavors to strengthen the ideals of peace among all of the world's inhabitants. International Day of Peace is observed on September 21st each year. On this day, the UN urges all hostilities to stop, worldwide.
International Day of Peace Facts & Quotes
- The United Nations and associated agencies and staff have received the Nobel Peace Prize 10 times in the last 60 years.
- In 1945, the United Nations was formed based upon the worldwide desire for peace. This came after the most destructive war in the history of mankind - World War II.
- On International Day of Peace day, the UN Secretary-General rings a bell made from the coins donated by 60 countries and holds a special ceremony to observe this special day.
Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding - Albert Einstein
It is not enough to teach children how to read, write and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the world in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies. - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the 100-day countdown message to the International Day of Peace.
International Day of Peace Top Events and Things to Do
- Visit the United Nations in New York City.
- Plant a peace tree. The LEAF International Organization helps schools around the globe plant trees for peace and prepare for a more sustainable future.
- Watch a movie about peacebuilding. Some good suggestions: A Force More Powerful, Little Town of Bethlehem and The Imam and the Pastor.
- Light a candle at dusk in support of world peace.
- Practice peaceful resolution and problem solving skills in your daily interpersonal interactions.