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International Peace Day
International Peace Day, also known as World Peace Day, is observed globally on September 21st each year. It is a United Nations-designated day dedicated to promoting the principles of peace, non-violence, and ceasefire among nations and peoples. The day serves as a reminder for all nations and individuals to work towards creating a more peaceful and harmonious world.
The idea for an International Peace Day was first proposed by the United Kingdom and Costa Rica in 1981, and it was later established by the United Nations in 1981 through a resolution (UN Resolution 36/67). The first International Peace Day was celebrated on September 21, 1982.
The main objective of International Peace Day is to raise awareness about the importance of peaceful coexistence, conflict resolution, and the prevention of violence and war. On this day, various events, activities, and initiatives are organized worldwide to promote peace and understanding among different cultures and communities. These activities may include peace marches, educational programs, seminars, concerts, and intercultural dialogues.
The symbol associated with International Peace Day is a dove with an olive branch, representing the desire for peace and the end of hostilities. Many organizations and individuals use this symbol to spread the message of peace.
One of the notable aspects of International Peace Day is the observance of a global ceasefire called “Peace Day” or “Global Truce.” On this day, the UN urges all nations and warring parties to cease hostilities for 24 hours. The goal is to provide humanitarian aid to areas affected by conflict and create a window of opportunity for dialogue and conflict resolution.
International Peace Day emphasizes the need for individuals, communities, and governments to work together in building a culture of peace. It also aims to inspire a sense of shared responsibility among people worldwide to actively promote peace, tolerance, and understanding.
By dedicating a specific day to peace, the UN hopes to encourage people to imagine and work towards a world free from violence, where diversity is celebrated, and conflicts are resolved through dialogue and diplomacy. The International Peace Day reminds us that peace is not merely the absence of war but a state in which individuals and societies can thrive and flourish.