On every year 21 September The General Assembly has declared the International Day of Peace to recognise the efforts of those who have worked hard to eliminate the conflicts and promote peace. It is devoted to reinforcing the ideals of peace, both within the nations and people.
The theme for celebrating International Day of Peace 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for all”.
The theme of International Day of Peace is based on the TOGETHER global campaign that promotes safety and dignity for everyone in search of a better life. TOGETHER also brings together the organistaions of the United Nations system. The United Nations 193 member countries whether the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and individual citizens in a global partnership in support of diversity, non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants.
History behind the International Day of Peace
International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace day was celebrated by United Nations in 1982. Officially in 2002 the General Assembly declared 21 September as the permanent date for the celebration of International Day of Peace. UN encouraged all mankind to work in cooperation for this goal and also for worldwide peace. Even during the discussion of the UN resolution it was suggested that: “Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples”. This day will serve as a reminder to all people that having limitations in an organisation still it is motivating and acting as a living instrument in the service of peace.
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What is the Symbol of International Day of Peace?
Its symbol is the peace dove flying with an olive branch in its beak. Basically in Judaism, Christianity and Islam a white dove is a sign for peace. It also represents “hope for peace” or a peace offering from one person to another which represents the phrase “to extend an olive branch”. Dove also reminds people its role about messenger.
How people celebrates the International Day of Peace
The International Day of Peace is also known as Peace Day. Many people around the world participate in various activities and organise events featured for peace to motivate others and tell the importance of peace in this busy world. Events may vary from private gathering to public, various concerts and forums for huge audiences. Activities like a toast for peace, peace walks, picnics for peace, peace prayers, tree planting for peace, art exhibitions for promoting peace etc.