International Day of Peace


Date: 21 September

Organized By: UN

Categories: General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance

Suggested For: Bank Exams, Civil Services Exam, MBA Exams, UPSC Exams, SSC Exams


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Background

The International Day of Peace is observed annually on 21 September. UN General Assembly in 1981 decided to celebrate third Tuesday of September each year as International Day of Peace and continued to observe on the same day from 1982 to 2001. The assembly decided to fix the date as 21 September in 2001 and started to observed from 2002 onwards.

The United Nations (UN) International Day of Peace is observed to recognize the efforts of individuals, organizations and governments to end conflict and promote peace. The Day of Peace is also a day of ceasefire – personal or political.


Actions and Programs

Millions of people around the world participate in various activities, events, concerts and festivals to celebrate the International Day of Peace. At noon in every time zone, a moment of silence will be held, sending a Peace Wave around the world. Media called it “A silence heard around the world”.

Many people participate with the celebration by different ways like lighting a candle at noon, sitting in silent meditation, doing a good deed for someone, involving with organizations, sharing thoughts and messages through social media etc.

To mark this day people around the world participate in various activities like, peace prayers, a peace choir, tree planting for peace, peace walks, a peace convoy of vehicles etc.


Theme

2016: The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace

2015: Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All

2014: The Right of Peoples to Peace

2013: Education for Peace

2012: Sustainable Peace for Sustainable Future

2011: Peace and Democracy: Make Your Voice Heard

2010: Youth and Development

2009: Disarmament and Non-proliferation

2008: Human Rights and Peacekeeping

2007: Peace is the United Nations Highest Calling


 

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