International Day of Peace - September 21
IPJC Peace Day Resources
About the International Day of Peace
2016 marks the 35th Anniversary of the United Nations International Day of Peace. Observed each year on September 21, the International Day of Peace is a global holiday when individuals, communities, nations and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace. First established by a U.N. resolution, "Peace Day" has grown to include millions of people around the world who participate in all kinds of events, large and small. Read more on the International Day of Peace website.
2016 Theme - "The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace"
The United Nations has chosen the theme "The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace" for the 2016 observance of the International Day of Peace.
"The people of the world have asked us to shine a light on a future of promise and opportunity. Member States have responded with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development... It is an agenda for people, to end poverty in all its forms. An agenda for the planet, our common home. An agenda for shared prosperity, peace and partnership." ~UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
Quotes on Peace
We are all equal—all of us—but this truth is not recognized...When we do not see this, society is unjust. It does not follow the rule of justice, and where there is no justice, there cannot be peace. I would like to repeat this with you: where there is no justice, there is no peace!
Peace is not something you wish for, it is something you make, something you are,
something you do, and something you give away.
Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.
Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding.
Peace begins with a smile.
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.