International Day of Peace

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AKA NameÜlemaailmne rahupäev
Hashtags#PeaceDay, #InternationalDayOfPeace
Related Hashtags#Peace, #ShapingPeaceTogether, #UN75
2020 Date21 September 2020
2021 Date21 September 2021
International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace History

International Day of Peace seeks to promote peace among nations by promoting a twenty-four-hour period of non-violence and ceasefire. This day aims to acknowledge the idea that through combined efforts, nations can strengthen their ideals of peace. By working together, nations can solve common problems such as disease or violence. International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. It is observed annually on September 21st.

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International Day of Peace Facts & Quotes

  • The theme for International Day of Peace in 2020 was Shaping Peace Together.
  • International Day of Peace for 2020 has been deemed especially significant as nations struggle to fight against the air-borne virus Covid-19. United Nations Secretary-Geneal António Guterres stated in March of 2020 that, all warring parties lay down their weapons and focus on the battle against this unprecendented global pandemic.
  • 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.

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