The annual celebration of the International Day of harmony (or World Peace Day) on September 21 is dedicated to promoting harmony within and between all nations and peoples. During a time when war and violence frequently dominate the news, the International Day of Peace is an inspiring reminder of what we can accomplish together. There is peace. Why not give it a try?
The background of International Day of Peace
In 1981, the General Assembly of the United Nations designated the third Tuesday of September as International Day of Peace. This day coincided with the start of the General Assembly’s annual sessions. The purpose of the day was, and continues to be, to strengthen global peace ideals.
Two decades after instituting this day of observance, in 2001, the assembly moved the date to be observed annually on September 21. In 2002, the 21st of September became not only a time to discuss how to promote and sustain peace among all peoples, but also a 24-hour period of global ceasefire and nonviolence for groups engaged in active combat.
Peace is achievable. Throughout history, the majority of societies have lived primarily in harmony. Today, the likelihood of dying in a conflict is much lower than it was for our parents and grandparents. Since the establishment of the United Nations and the creation of the United Nations Charter, governments are obligated not to use force against others unless they are engaging in self-defense or have received authorization from the UN Security Council.
Today, we turn to those who have been peacemakers and peacekeepers to learn what we can do individually to make the world a more peaceful place.
5 elements that Foster a culture of Peace
We are more alike than different across the globe; seek common ground, understand and value the differences you discover in the people you meet and the cultures you encounter that are distinct from your own.
The eradication of poverty, food insecurity, and social injustice strengthens the culture of peace because it eliminates the most prevalent causes of unrest and violence.
Consider how you can contribute to this comprehension in your sphere of influence, which is based on the belief that all humans are valuable, with no group being superior to another.
Support the advancement of women in society through political and economic initiatives; actively oppose violence against women and girls in your community; and advocate for the elimination of workplace discrimination.
Encourage the democratic participation of all peoples in your community so that every voice is heard in civic decision-making and corruption in political leadership and operations is eliminated.
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