21 September : International Day of Peace 2019 : The Right to Peace
International Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21 each year to recognize the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace.
Declared by the UN General Assembly in 2001, the International Day of Peace that is commemorated every year on 21st September calls on all nations to observe a day of global ceasefire and non-violence and invites all people everywhere in the world to honor a cessation of hostilities throughout the day. The UN has invited Member States, United Nations bodies, regional and non-governmental organizations to commemorate the Day and to co-operate with the United Nations in establishing the global ceasefire.
International Day of Peace 2019 theme: "Climate Action for Peace"
Every year United Nations decided the theme for International Day of Peace to promote peace among the people of all nations. Last year the theme of 2018 peace day was “The Right To Peace” and this year the theme of International Day of Peace is” Climate Action for Peace“.
What Do People Do?
On the International Day of Peace that is also known as Peace Day, people around the world take part in various different activities and organize events centered on the theme “peace”. Events vary from private gatherings to public concerts and forums involving large audiences. Activities include:
- Interfaith peace ceremonies.
- A toast for peace.
- A peace choir.
- Lighting candles.
- Peace prayers.
- A peace convoy of vehicles.
- Tree planting for peace.
- Art exhibitions promoting peace.
- Picnics for peace.
- Peace walks.
In 1981, the International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations and after two decades later in 2001, the General Assembly voted the day as a period of Non-Violence and Cease-fire. After that in 2002, the U.N. declared it is a permanent holiday.
What youth can do for Peace Day
This year International Day of peace for Student Observance will inspire our youth to step out for a challenge of climate change; half of the youth around the world are taking action on climate change in their homes, schools, and communities. The Student Observance will take place on 20th September 2019 at United Nations Headquarters, which will help in providing a platform for young people who made projects undertaken to fight for climate change while promoting peace.