International Day of Peace 2017 observed across the world

Sep 21, 2017 10:25 IST
International Day of Peace 2017

21 September: International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace was observed across the world on 21 September 2017 with the theme Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.

The theme honours 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.

Initiated during the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016, TOGETHER initiative unites the organizations of the United Nations System, the 193 Member States of the United Nations, civil society and individual citizens in support of non-discrimination of refugees and migrants.

This year, the International Day of Peace was focussed on engaging and mobilizing people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants. The Day highlighted solidarity with refugees and migrants and showcased the shared benefits of migration to economies and nations.

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Background
The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Later in 2001, the UN General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.

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