A Day Dedicated to World Peace: International Peace Day (September 21)

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International Day of Peace is an event observed by all nations across the world on September 21 each year. The United Nations General assembly set aside the day for everyone around the world to keep peace with each other despite any differences they may have. Another intention to observe this day was to build a peace culture across the world.

When did it begin?

The International Day of Peace also called the ‘World Peace Day’ started in the year 1981 through the 36/67 resolution. The United Nations General Assembly started this day in order to reconcile people all over the world. Each year the day is celebrated with the different theme.

What is the theme this year?

This year the World Peace Day will be celebrated with the theme “The Right to Peace” to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights document was drafted by representatives of diverse legal and cultural backgrounds across the world. It was a milestone document in the history of human rights. The document that is available in more than 500 languages is relevant even more today.

In Article 3, the Universal Declaration states that “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”. The three elements – ‘Right to Life, Right to Liberty and Right to security of a person’, build a foundation for freedom, justice and peace across the world.

Individuals, nations and peace organisation across the world dedicate the day to acts of peace and kindness. While some setup peace poles, some organise events such as peace marches, yoga, meditation or related educational events. Thus, communities across the world observe this day with their idea of peace.

Observing one minute of silence at 12 noon is a common activity across nations. The intention of this activity was to create a ‘Peace Wave’ that moves across the globe. The world would be a better place if every day was marked as ‘Peace Day’.