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September 21, International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session every September. The General Assembly in 2001 voted unanimously to fix observance of the Day on 21 September as a day of non-violence and ceasefire by A/RES/55/282. A variety of supporting materials including a postcard, a poster, and a video message from the Secretary-General are available at the UN’s website to help in commemorating the day.

On 21 September 2006, the Day will be observed at UN Headquarters with the traditional ceremony in which Secretary-General Kofi Annan will ring the Peace Bell for the last time during his term in office. Numerous commemorative events and activities are planned around the world by United Nations offices, governmental and non-governmental agencies, and civil society and religious groups to promote the ideals of peace and non-violence.

In 2006, the UN will use the Day to note the many ways it works for peace and to encourage individuals, groups and communities around the world to contemplate and communicate thoughts and activities on how to achieve peace.

International Day of Peace 2006


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2006 09 21 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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