Saturday, September 21, 2013
Today, September 21, is the International Day of Peace, a time for individuals, organizations and governments to reflect on how their actions do or do not contribute to the establishment and maintenance of peace.
The United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 36/67 in 1981 to establish the International Day of Peace (IDP). The resolution states in part that it is a day, “…to devote a specific time to concentrate the efforts of the United Nations and its Member States, as well as the whole of mankind, to promoting the ideals of peace and to giving positive evidence of their commitment to peace in all viable ways.” In 2002, the UN General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent annual date for the International Day of Peace.
People around the globe will be celebrating peace on this day with festivals, concerts, a global peace wave and moments of silence and reflection.