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International Day of Peace 2020: Theme, History and Quotes

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International Day of Peace 2020

International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. It is a United Nations-sanctioned holiday observed annually to promote peace among nations and people.

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History Of International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. In 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the Day and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

About International Day Of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has it as a 24-hour period of non-violence and cease-fire. The 2020 theme is “Shaping Peace Together.”

This year, it has been clearer than ever that we are not each other’s enemies. Rather, our common enemy is a tireless virus that threatens our health, security and very way of life. That is why UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for a global ceasefire. But there is also more to peace than putting aside arms. True peace depends on societies being inclusive, healthy and economically stable. It requires a
predictable climate, an unpolluted environment and solidarity across community lines.

In this new era of social distancing, we may not be able to stand together physically. But there are still things you can do from home to promote the ideals of the International Day of Peace.

 

International Day of Peace 2018 Theme

The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70

International Day of Peace 2019 Theme

Climate Action for Peace

International Day of Peace 2020 Theme

Shaping Peace Together

Celebrate the International Day of Peace by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stand together with the UN against attempts to use the virus to promote discrimination or hatred. This year, it has been clearer than ever that we are not each other’s enemies. Rather, our common enemy is a tireless virus that threatens our health, security, and very way of life. COVID-19 has thrown our world into turmoil and forcibly reminded us that what happens in one part of the planet can impact people everywhere. You can follow the International Day of Peace on Facebook, Twitter through the hashtag #InternationalDayofPeace.

International Day of Peace Dates

Year Date Day
2020 21 September Monday
2021 21 September Tuesday
2022 21 September Wednesday
2023 21 September Thursday

International Peace Day Quotes

“Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa

“World peace begins with inner peace.” – Dalai Lama

“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will be as one.” – John Lennon

“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.” – John F. Kennedy

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” – Virginia Woolf

“If you want peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.” – Desmond Tutu

“To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” – Robert Muller

Reference: Un.org | Google | Wikipedia

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