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United Nations International Day of Peace

Day of Peace 2017

International Day of Peace
September 21

IPJC Peace Day Resources

dot Prayer Service for the 2017 International Day of Peace PDF

dot Oración por el Día Internacional de la Paz, 2017 PDF

dot International Day of Peace Gathering for Families PDF
(from Parenting for Peace & Justice program)

About the International Day of Peace
2017 marks the 36th 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.

2017 Theme - Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All
This year’s theme for the International Day of Peace, “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All,” honors the 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.

“In times of insecurity, communities that look different become convenient scapegoats,” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. “We must resist cynical efforts to divide communities and portray neighbors as ‘the other.’ Discrimination diminishes us all. It prevents people—and societies—from achieving their full potential.” He added, “Together, let us stand up against bigotry and for human rights. Together, let us build bridges. Together, let us transform fear into hope.”


Other Peace Day Resources
Campaign Nonviolence
Do One Thing for Peace Day

Pax Christi USA

Weekly Peace Prayer from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace

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!
—Pope Francis

Peace is not something you wish for, it is something you make, something you are,
something you do, and something you give away.
—Robert Fulghum

Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.
—Maria Montessori

Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding.
—Albert Einstein

Peace begins with a smile.
—Mother Teresa

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.
—Rumi