International Day of Peace

The Peace Bell was donated by the United Nations Association of Japan in 1954. It has become tradition to ring the bell twice a year: on the first day of spring, at the Vernal Equinox, and on 21 September to celebrate the International Day for Peace. PHOTO:UN Photo/Manuel Elías
September 17, 2021

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. On this day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, nations observe 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

This year's Peace Day statement from the UN focuses on Covid-19 and how it has hit hardest the marginalized and those in conflict. in response to the impact of Covid-19, last March the U.N. Secretary-General called for a global ceasefire.  This appeal was supported in February 2021 when the Security Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for Member States to support a “sustained humanitarian pause” to local conflicts. For Peace Day the UN urges that the global ceasefire continue to be honoured, to ensure people caught in conflict have access to lifesaving vaccinations and treatments.

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