The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982.
In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.
Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, or just sitting in silent meditation. Or it can involve getting your co-workers, organization, community or government engaged in a large event. The impact if millions of people in all parts of the world, coming together for one day of peace, is immense.
International Day of Peace is about creating a culture of peace for future generations, and there is no better place to start than with children and youth. There are numerous examples of events and activities that are suited for children of different ages. By asking “What is Peace?” parents and teachers can get children thinking and talking about their own thoughts of war and peace. You can use drawings, songs and peace posters to draw from an early age of vision of peace.
Media is a powerful tool in peacebuilding work. By getting media involved in International Day of Peace, the message of peace can spread to millions of people all over the world. Send a note to your local newspaper or post a peace video on YouTube!
Peace Proclamations are a powerful tool to help spread awareness about the International Day of Peace and the Global Ceasefire. In past years, Heads of State, Governors and Mayors have declared Proclamations of Peace for the International Day of Peace, urging their citizens to observe and celebrate Peace Day. More than 2400 cities (64 cities in Norway) are members of Mayors for Peace initiative.
It does not mater the scale. Be seen. Be visible. Let the world know you care about peace.