5 Facts About the International Day of Peace
1. The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly.
Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate Sept. 21 as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.
2. The 2020 theme for the day is “Shaping Peace Together.”
Celebrate the day by spreading compassion, kindness and hope in the face of the pandemic.
3. This year, it has been clearer than ever that we are not each other’s enemies.
Rather, our common enemy is a tireless virus that threatens our health, security and way of life. COVID-19 has reminded us that what happens in one part of the planet can impact people everywhere.
4. The UN invites all nations to honor a cessation of hostilities during the Day,
and to otherwise commemorate it through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.
5. To mark its 75th anniversary, the UN has invited millions of people worldwide to join UN75.
UN75 is the largest and furthest-reaching global conversation on building the peaceful and prosperous future that we want.