The International Day of Peace — September 21

September 21st, 2018 - by admin

The United Nations – 2018-09-21 01:14:54


The International Day of Peace — September 21
The United Nations

(September 21, 2018) — The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.

From education to the arts, social justice to sports, health to the environment, neighborhood issues to service for others, there are many ways to participate in Peace Day! We invite you to create a public or private activity related to peace, spread the word about Peace Day and/or attend an event in your community.

Join with people around the world by observing the International Day of Peace!

People in cities, communities and villages worldwide have engaged in the International Day of Peace in diverse and meaningful ways.

The 2018 UN Peace Day Theme:
“The Right to Peace —
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70.”

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’
Message for The International Day of Peace 2018

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

The Universal Declaration — the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages — is as relevant today as it was on the day that it was adopted.

Learn more at “standup4humanrights.”

“It is time all nations and all people live up to the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race. This year marks the 70th anniversary of that landmark document.”
— Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Here are just some of the many Peace Day
activities that have taken place across the globe:

*Minute of silence at 12 noon (all time-zones)
*Peace education events *Intercultural and interfaith dialogues
*Workshops on the UN Peace Day theme *Meditation and prayer
*Planting peace poles
*Community gatherings
*Concerts and festivals
*Soccer/football matches in the spirit of peace
*Service to others
*Feasts for Peace
*Writing peace poetry
*Marches, parades and flag ceremonies
*Public programs with government officials
*Engaging youth in peace-building activities.

Engaging in Peace Day can take place privately, as part of a group and/or as a participant in an event or program. The pages in this section — Children & Youth, the Arts, Nonviolence, Environment, Health, Social Justice, etc. offer diverse ideas for observing this global day shared with all humanity.

Minute of Silence/Moment of Peace

In 1984, in commemoration of the annual International Day of Peace and in solidarity with the United Nations, the NGO Pathways To Peace inaugurated the Minute of Silence at 12:00 Noon in each time zone, resulting in a “Peace Wave” around the world. Individuals, organizations, communities and nations are invited to participate in this shared and practical act of peacebuilding on September 21.

* “May Peace Prevail On Earth!” — Include this universal statement — perhaps around a local Peace Pole — to begin and/or end a program or gathering.

* Global Feast For Peace -Gather people together with food in the spirit of peace — include interfaith or intercultural dialogue if you wish (Global Feast PDF.)

* Roots and Shoots — Each September, Roots & Shoots groups from around the world celebrate Roots & Shoots and honor the International Day of Peace. Dr. Jane has been a UN Messenger of Peace since 2002 and she inspires us all to live in harmony with nature and each other.

* II Days of Global Unity — The 11 Days of Global Unity aims at strengthening the ideals of unity and equality, diversity and oneness, harmony and compassion and, above all, at advancing the culture of peace.

* Compassion Games International — offers fun and creative ways to ignite and catalyze compassionate action in communities around the world.

* Global Mala (Yoga) Project — Unites yoga, service and collective action, forming a “mala around the earth” based upon the sacred cycle of 108 (108 Surya Namaskar, Mantra, Kriya, Meditation).

* Be the Peace — From Sept. 19 — 21, join the synchronized meditation on-line.

* Peace Crane Project — Create and share peace cranes with people in different parts of the world.

* One Day One Goal — Peace One Day’s campaign using the power of sport to bring people together.

Whatever you choose to do,
please pause at 12 Noon local time and
join people all across the globe
in a Minute of Silence/Moment of Peace.

Event Map — Find an Event Near You.