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September 21, International Day of Peace

The United Nations encourage all to celebrate the International Day of Peace through education initiatives.

It is not enough to teach children how to read, write and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the world in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Resources for the International Day of Peace for the classroom use.

Live Stream UN Student Event, September 21, 9 am New York time

This United Nations annual event for high school and college students will include Secretary-General, celebrity Messengers of Peace including Dr. Jane Goodall, and a live feed from the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti. 

Education for Peace is the theme this year’s International Day of Peace.  Anyone can celebrate The International Day of Peace, anywhere; whether lighting a candle, sitting in silent meditation or performing a good deed. The United Nations invites all people, especially students, to celebrate the momentous day.  It is often commemorated through peace education initiatives; with encouragement to end all hostilities so peace prevails.

The International Day of Peace, September 21, was voted on unanimously (Resolution 36/67) by the United Nations in 1981; the day was created in order to dedicate a time-frame to focus on the United Nations’ and their Member States, as well as all of humanity, to promote the ideals of peace and showing their commitment to peace.