International Peace Day

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2024 Date21 September 2024
2025 Date21 September 2025

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The International Day of Peace is a global observance aimed at promoting and strengthening peace, harmony, and understanding among nations, communities, and individuals. This significant event encourages everyone to participate in various activities that foster a global culture of peace and non-violence, taking into account political, social, economic, and environmental dimensions. It provides an opportunity for individuals, governments, and organizations to join forces in a collective effort to address the root causes of conflicts and work together to achieve a more peaceful world for all.

Established in 1981 by the United Nations, the International Day of Peace has evolved over the years to draw attention to different aspects of peace and conflict resolution. For Nigeria, a country that has experienced its share of socio-political and religious unrest, the essence of this day becomes even more vital. It offers an opportunity for all Nigerians to come together, irrespective of cultural or religious differences, and unite in the pursuit of peace, security, and well-being. By placing the spotlight on the need for constructive dialogue, tolerance, and respect for human rights, the International Day of Peace endeavors to create a foundation for sustainable peace and prosperity in Nigeria.

In Nigeria, the International Day of Peace is observed through various activities, such as seminars, conferences, workshops, and peace rallies, which are designed to raise public awareness on issues relating to peace and conflict resolution, as well as encourage interfaith dialogue and cooperation. Educational institutions, non-governmental organizations, and government agencies collaborate in creating programs aimed at fostering a culture of peace. These events typically take place on or around the globally recognized date of September 21, reaffirming Nigeria's commitment to maintaining peace and unity within its borders and around the world.

Facts about International Peace Day

  • The theme for International Day of Peace in 2023 was Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the #GlobalGoals.
  • The GPI ranks 163 independent states and territories (collectively accounting for 99.7 per cent of the world’s population) according to their levels of peacefulness.
  • Farmer-herder conflicts are also a significant challenge to peace in Nigeria. Clashes between farmers and herders often lead to violence and deaths as they compete for limited resources such as water and grazing land.
  • The Niger Delta has seen frequent conflicts between government forces, militants, and local communities over oil revenues and environmental damage caused by oil exploration.

Top things to do in Nigeria for International Peace Day

  • Plant a peace tree. The LEAF International Organization helps schools around the globe plant trees for peace and prepare for a more sustainable future.
  • Light a candle at dusk in support of world peace.
  • Visit places of worship offering interfaith prayers for peace, unity, and coexistence. These events bring members of different religious communities together and encourage mutual understanding and tolerance.
  • Take part in peace-building projects or volunteer with organizations that work on peace and conflict resolution. Many of these organizations assist in community development, education, and healthcare projects as a means of promoting peace and stability.

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