21 September: International Day of Peace & Non-violence
The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982. In 2001 it was extended to a day of non-violence and cease-fire.
The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace.
Our thoughts go especially to respect for the dignity of all refugees in Europe and of the Rohingya in Myanmar/Burma.
The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.
The work of the United Nations would not be possible without the initial partnerships that were active in its creation and the thousands of partnerships each year between governments, civil society, the private sector, faith-based groups and other non-governmental organisations that are needed to support the UN in achieving its future goals.