International Day of Peace

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“Imagine all the people living life in peace.” ~ John Lennon

International Peace Day
A holiday for peace? Yes! The International Day of Peace was established by a United Nations in 1981, and in 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.

“Peace Day” provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to simultaneously create practical acts of peace. In creating this day, the United Nations devoted itself to worldwide peace, encouraging all people to work together to promote peace among all nations and peoples.

Since its inception, Peace Day has marked our personal and planetary progress toward peace. It has grown to include millions of people around the world, with a vast range of events to commemorate this day─from private gatherings to public concerts and forums where hundreds of thousands of people participate.

International Day of Peace is also a Day of Ceasefire─personal or political. It’s an ideal opportunity to make peace in our own relationships as well as thinking about how to resolve the larger conflicts of our time. The impact of millions of people all over the world coming together for one day of peace is awe inspiring.

Anyone anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as making a relevant facebook post, talking to your family/friends, or getting your co-workers, organization, community or government engaged in a large event. The following resources can help you more effectively promote peace in your own life─and beyond:

The Association of World Citizens works with people, governments, and institutions to create a democratic world community capable of maintaining lasting peace and justice through international law. www.worldcitizens.org

Culture of Peace Initiative is a UN-designated Peace Messenger Initiative uniting organizations, projects and people to make peace a practical reality in our time. www.cultureofpeace.org

Performing and Fine Artists for World Peace is a non-profit arts and educational organization founded in 1986 to integrate the arts into the community for positive change. www.artistsandpeace.org

Agape Foundation is a non-profit foundation that raises and distributes funds to groups working for non-violent social change. www.agapefdn.org

The Declaration of Peace is a grassroots non-violent action campaign calling on the US government to establish a comprehensive plan to end the US war and occupation in Iraq. www.declarationofpeace.org

The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy works to promote a systems-based approach to peacebuilding, transforming social problems through education, conflict resolution training, and communication. www.imtd.org

The Peace Alliance (Campaign to Establish a Department of Peace) aims to empower civic activism for a culture of peace. www.thepeacealliance.org

Learn more about the International Day of Peace here

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