World Peace Day
World Peace Day
The International Day of Peace 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. World Peace Day
The peace dove flying with an olive branch in its beak is one of the most commonly featured symbols for the day.
In 1983 a culture of peace to bring a strong bond among organizations, projects, and people was initiated. The aim was to increase peace for the generations as announced by the UN Secretary-General to retain the original vision. In 1996 a debate at Seanad Éireann in Ireland proposed for the expansion of the International Day of Peace to include Reconciliation.
In 2001, Secretary-General Kofi Annan wrote a message in honor of International Peace Day. It was during this occasion that amendments were made, moving the IDP from the third Tuesday of September to September 21. The General Assembly declared the Peace Day as a global ceasefire and non-violence.
The Peace Bell
The United Peace Bell was made from coins that were donated by children around the world except Africa. The sound of the ringing bell acts as a reminder of the high cost of war. World Peace Day
2019 Theme: “Climate Action for Peace”
The theme draws attention to the importance of combating climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world.
Climate change causes clear threats to international peace and security. The salinization of water and crops is endangering food security, and the impact on public health is escalating. The growing tensions over resources and mass movements of people are affecting every country on every continent.