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International Day of Peace International Day of Peace
by The Ovi Team
2009-09-21 07:44:25
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September 21st. The International Day of Peace occurs annually on September 21. It is dedicated to peace, or specifically the absence of war, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone. It is an observed by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples.

peace1_400To inaugurate the day, the "Peace Bell" is rung at UN Headquarters. The bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents. It was given as a gift by the Diet of Japan, and is referred to as "a reminder of the human cost of war." The inscription on its side reads: "Long live absolute world peace."

On 21st of September 2005 the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for the worldwide observance of a 24-hour cease-fire and day of nonviolence to mark International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace was followed on the heels of a special summit of world leaders at UN headquarters on 14-16 September. During this high-level meeting, heads of state and government discussed strategies linking development, security, human rights and peace into a cohesive framework. It was the largest gathering of world leaders in history.

The International Day of Peace was first established in 1981 by a resolution 36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session every September. In 2001 the resolution 55/282 was strengthened to fix the date annually on 21 September and for it to be a day of nonviolence and cease-fire. The resolution was adopted unanimously by the Member States of the General Assembly.
This year, the Day will be observed at UN Headquarters with the traditional ceremony in which the Secretary-General rings the Peace Bell. Keeping with past tradition, numerous events and observances are planned around the world by United Nations offices, governmental and non-governmental agencies and civil society and religious groups to promote the ideals of peace and nonviolence.

The International Day of Peace “is meant to be a day of global cease-fire, when all countries and all people stop all hostilities for the entire day. And it is a day on which people around the world observe a minute of silence at 12 noon local time. […]And let us pledge to do our utmost to carry out the important decisions on peace taken by last week’s 2005 World Summit.”

     -- Kofi Annan --

 

 
 

 

 


   
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