21 September – The International Day of Peace
On 21 September each year the world celebrates the International Day of Peace.
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.
Across Interpeace we use the day to raise awareness of the need for peace around the world but also to celebrate what has been achieved so far.
Every year, around Peace Day, Interpeace co-organizes the Geneva Peace Talks together with the United Nations Office at Geneva and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform. The purpose of the Peace Talks is to expand the space for discussion about building peace and resolving conflict. Through individual Peace Talks, speakers from different sectors and industries share their personal stories, ideas and practical solutions to resolve conflict.
Peace Day across Interpeace
Interpeace and its local partner organizations organize a number of events around the globe ranging from cultural activities like theatre plays or dance performances to workshops and panel discussions on peace.
Peace One Day
Interpeace has partnered with Jeremy Gilley and his team at Peace One Day and is the lead partner of the ‘NGO Coalition’ marking Peace Day on the 21 September. Peace, humanitarian and development NGOs will be uniting to celebrate the day.
Peace is only possible through partnerships
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.”
NGOs unite for peace
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 campaign in the African Great Lakes Region.
Who is the NGO Coalition?
The NGO Coalition is consistently growing and there are now international and national NGOs signed up from every continent. Currently the NGO Coalition stands at over 1,000 members!
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.
How can you get involved?