International Day of Peace 2022

21 September 2022

Each year the In­ter­na­tional Day of Peace is ob­served around the world on 21 Septem­ber. The Gen­eral As­sembly has de­clared this as a day de­voted to strength­en­ing the ideals of peace, both within and among all na­tions and peoples.

The United Na­tions Mem­ber States ad­op­ted the 17 Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals in 2015 be­cause they un­der­stood that it would not be pos­sible to build a peace­ful world if steps were not taken to achieve eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment for all people every­where, and en­sure that their rights were pro­tec­ted.

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by resolution 36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982.

In 2001, the General Assembly by unanimous vote adopted resolution 55/282, which established 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire.

The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

South African-born actress Charlize Theron is one of the United Nations Messengers of Peace, while past recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize include former presidents Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk (1993), former Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1994) and Albert Luthuli (1960).

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