International Day of Peace

When, local time: 
Thursday, 21 September 2017 -
8:00am to 10:00pm
Type of Event: 
Special Event
Contact: 
Ann-Belinda Preis, ab.preis@unesco.org

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The Day was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Twenty years later, in 2001, the General Assembly decided, by unanimous vote, that this would be a day of non-violence and ceasefire.

The UN urges all nations and populations to respect a cessation of hostilities during this day and to mark it through information and public awareness activities on peace issues.