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About Peace Day

21 September – The International Day of Peace

On 21 September each year the world celebrates the International Day of Peace. Across Interpeace we use the day to celebrate peace.

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Known as 'Peace Day,' the International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by a United Nations General Assembly Resolution. In 2002, the General Assembly, by unanimous vote, adopted a second resolution which established 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire.

Jeremy Gilley, Emmanuel Jal and Scott M. Weber
Photo Credit: Henning Ras Photography for Peace One Day

Peace is only possible through partnerships

We have partnered with Jeremy Gilley and his team at Peace One Day to provide support on the ‘NGO Coalition.’

This coalition brings together like minded NGOs that wish to highlight the need for peace and what can be achieved with peace on the 21 September as part of Peace One Day’s ‘Global Truce’ Campaign.

We, at Interpeace, are working to consistently increased the membership of the ‘NGO Coalition.’ The 'NGO Coalition' now stands at over 835 members.

Scott M. Weber, Interpeace Director-General explains: "In order to have peace every day, we need to show peace is possible on one day. That is why we are so proud to be supporting Jeremy and his team."

Find out how you can get involved in the ‘NGO Coalition’ in support of Peace Day: Check out the 'NGO Coalition' website or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Who will you make peace with?

Last year 280 million people - that's 4% of the world's population - were aware of Peace Day. Building on last year's success, Peace One Day has launched the theme for 2013: 'Who will you make peace with?' This motto inspires individuals around the globe to take action and reach out to their communities to raise awareness of the need for peace. So start asking yourself 'Who will you make peace with?' on 21 September?

What is possible with peace?

To support the 2013 theme ‘Who will you make peace with?’ Interpeace seized the opportunity to demonstrate what can be achieved with peace. For the second year, Interpeace is the lead partner of Peace One Day's 'NGO Coalition' in support of Peace Day.

Humanitarian work, education and training and the delivery of healthcare services are just a few of the life-saving initiatives that can be implemented more effectively and efficiently when there is peace. Only with peace can these interventions have a lasting impact.

Highlighting the ‘nuts and bolts’ of peace

We also mark the day with conferences and events across the globe in order to highlight to the world how we approach the challenge of building lasting peace, best practices and some of the outstanding results that have been achieved to date.

See what our teams did for past Peace Days in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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