International Day of Peace

When, local time: 
Friday, 21 September 2018 -
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.

The culture of peace is a culture of dialogue and prevention, and, in this context, the role of the United Nations has never been so vital. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development affirms that “there can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.” The same spirit underpins the Security Council and the General Assembly resolutions in 2016 on ‘sustaining peace.’

We need a new comprehensive approach, to address root causes, strengthen the rule of law and promote sustainable development, on the basis of dialogue and respect. This guides all of UNESCO’s action to build peace through education, freedom of expression, intercultural dialogue, respect for human rights and cultural diversity and scientific cooperation.