The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") is observed all over the world each year on 21 September. This year, it is the 20th Anniversary of the UN Resolution on the Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace. The day is dedicated to mark the fortifying the principles of peace, both within and among all member states and peoples. This year’s celebrations are particularly significant because it is the 20th anniversary of the UN resolution on the programme of action on the culture of peace.
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.
Significance of celebrating the International Peace Day
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message, “Today peace faces a new danger: the climate emergency, which threatens our security, our livelihoods and our lives. Therefore, the UN decided to focus on this year’s International Day of Peace on Climate Change. And it’s why I am convening a Climate Action Summit.”
United Nation said that economic and social development for all everyone paved a way to make a peaceful world. UN believes that a peaceful world can be established if the sustainable goals will be achieved because they cover a broad range of issues like hunger, poverty, education, gender equality, climate change, social justice and many more.
Ways to celebrate the International Peace Day
Have a minute of silence to connect with others around the world: People all over the world observe “Minute of Silence—Moment of Peace” on International Day of Peace. At 12:00 noon of whatever time zone you are in, stop what you are doing and take a minute of silence to serve as a reminder of your commitment to peace.
Participate in a peace march to join forces with others in your area: Connect with other like-minded people in your community to spread awareness and promote peace in your city and across the world. These events are typically kid friendly.
As it gets closer to Peace Day, keep a check your local area for events taking place around you. Make an internet search for “peace walks near me” to get basic information and details. Also check for rallies and concerts.
Experience other cultures by hosting a potluck. You can do this in your own home with friends and family, at work with your coworkers, at your church, or with any other group you are involved in. Ask participants to bring a traditional dish from their home country to share with others.