What is International Peace Day and what you need to do

What is International Peace Day and what you need to do

Today, September 21, the world marks the 20th anniversary of the UN Resolution on the Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace.

The 13-page declaration that was adopted on 13 September 1999, defines a culture of peace as a set of values, attitudes, traditions and modes of behaviour and ways of life based on Respect for life, ending violence and promotion and practice of non-violence through education, dialogue and cooperation.

It also calls for full respect for the principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of States and non-intervention in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any State, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and international law.

September 21 is also the International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”).

Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.

To mark the day, the UN recommends that people all over the world should observe a minute of silence, from noon in all time zones.

The day can also be marked by holding other peace activities in your community and around the world by fasting, holding intercultural and interfaith dialogues, meditation and prayer, planting peace poles, and holding vigils, concerts or festivals.

You can also host a football match, attend a yoga session or by participating in public programs organised by either state or national government officials in engaging youth in peace-building activities.

Engaging in Peace Day can take place privately, as part of a group and/or as a participant in an event or program.