Date: Wednesday, 21 September 2022; 41st Anniversary.
Sponsor: United Nations
The International Day of Peace is annually observed around the world for the following purposes:
- to commemorate and strengthen the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
- to recognize the efforts of those who have worked or are working hard to end conflict and promote peace.
The International Day of Peace is also a day of non-violence and temporary ceasefire in any combat zone for humanitarian aid access.
Inception: The first International Day of Peace was held around the world in 1982.
On 30 November 1981, the United Nations General Assembly officially declared the third Tuesday of September as International Day of Peace, through the resolution A/RES/36/67. This day coincided with the opening day of the regular sessions of the General Assembly. The United Nations invites all Member States, non-governmental organization, peoples, and individuals to “commemorate in an appropriate manner the International Day of Peace, especially through all means of education”.
On 7 September 2001, the United Nations General Assembly reaffirmed “the contribution that the observance and celebration of the International Day of Pease makes in strengthening the ideals of peace”, and redecided that “the International Day of Peace shall be observed on 21 September each year”, in its resolution A/RES/55/282. Since 2001, thus, September 21 became the fixed date for the International Day of Peace.
In the resolution A/RES/55/282, the General Assembly further declared that “the International Day of Peace shall henceforth be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day”.
Annual theme of the International Day of Peace in recent years:
2022 theme: “End Racism. Build Peace.”
2021 theme: “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world.”
2020 theme: “Shaping Peace Together.”
2019 theme: “Climate Action for Peace.”
2018 theme: “The Right to Peace: Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70.”
2017 theme: “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”
2016 theme: “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”
2015 theme: “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All.”