21 September: International Day of Peace

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The International Day of Peace is observed across the world on 21 September to acknowledge efforts of those who have strived to end conflict and promote peace. This day is also observed as a day of ceasefire. The theme for this year is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All”.

The theme of 2017 International Day of Peace is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All”. It honours spirit of TOGETHER, a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life. This year observance of the day focuses on engagingand mobilizing people throughout world to show support for refugees and migrants.

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) by adopting resolution 36/67. It was observed in September 1982. This day coincides with its opening session of UNGA which usually held annually on the third Tuesday of September. In 2001, UNGA had unanimously voted to adopted resolution for established 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire.