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 36/37, the General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” For the text of the U.N. Resolution, CLICK HERE.
Furthering the Day’s mission, the General Assembly augmented the original resolution in 2001, fixing the date on 21 September. For the text of this second unanimous UN resolution, CLICK HERE.
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.
We invite you to engage in this global day in whatever way is meaningful for you/your organization.Go to the GET INVOLVED section for a variety of Peace Day activity ideas. Get inspired and create your own activities!
On September 15 2017, the Secretary-General will mark Peace Day in the Peace Garden at United Nations Headquarters by ringing the Japanese Peace Bell and observing a minute of silence. United Nations Messengers of Peace such as Dr. Jane Goodall will be invited to participate in the ceremony, which will be followed by the student observance of the International Day of Peace.
The 2017 U.N. Peace Day Theme:
Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All
This theme is based on the TOGETHERglobal campaign that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life.TOGETHER brings together the organizations of the United Nations System, the 193 member countries of the United Nations, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and individual citizens in a global partnership in support of diversity, non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants.