Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace. The work of the United Nations would not be possible without the initial partnerships that were active in its creation and the thousands of partnerships each year between governments, civil society, the private sector, faith-based groups and other non-governmental organisations that are needed to support the Organisation in achieving its future goals.
The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by resolution 36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982.
In 2001, the General Assembly by unanimous vote adopted resolution 55/282, which established 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire.
The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.
General Assembly resolutions on the International Day of Peace:
- Resolution 36/67 of 30 November 1981, which established Peace Day to be held annually on the third Tuesday of September
- Resolution 55/282 of 7 September 2001, which established 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire
- Declaration on a Culture of Peace (1999)
- Secretary-General’s Rights Up Front Campaign
- UN Peace and Security
- UN Peacekeeping
- UN Peacebuilding Commission
- Office of the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict
- Peace Day Global Broadcast
- 2014 – The Right of Peoples to Peace
- 2013 – Education for Peace
- 2012 – Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future
- 2011 – Peace and Democracy: Make your voice heard!
- 2010 – Youth for Peace and Development
- 2009 – Disarmament and non-proliferation
- 2008 – Human Rights and Peacekeeping
- 2007 – Peace is the United Nations’ highest calling