UN Peace Day
21 September 2009
The United Nations General Assembly adopted resolutions in 1981 and 2001 establishing the International Day of Peace and urging all nations and people to commemorate the Day as an opportunity to promote peaceful resolutions of conflicts and to honour a cessation of hostilities during the day. Every year, people in all parts of the world honour peace in various ways on 21 September. This Day of Peace provides an opportunity for individuals, organisations and nations to create practical acts of Peace on a shared date.
We are encouraged as individuals, groups and communities around the world to contemplate and communicate thoughts and activities on how to achieve peace. People use the International Day of Peace annually to highlight the Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World, 2001 to 2010. The true significance of the Day lies in the participation of people around the world gathering together to think about the meaning of peace and their commitment to its realization.
At United Nations Headquarters, the Day of Peace is marked each year with a special ceremony where the Secretary-General delivers a special message before ringing the bells and calls upon the people throughout the world to reflect for a moment on the university goals of peace.