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International Day of Peace

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    22nd Sep, 2022


International Day of Peace is organised on 21st September across the world to create peace among nations and people. 



  • The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly.
    • It was commemorated for the first time in 1982. 
    • Before 2002, it was observed annually on the third Tuesday in September. 
    • Following that, the group resolved to observe the International Day of Peace every year on September 21. 
      • The major goal of designating September 21 as the International Day of Peace is to promote collaboration and the preservation of peace on a global scale.
  • The United National General Assembly marks the day by promoting ideals of peace among nations and people by observing non-violence and ceasefire for 24 hours. 
  • The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

Symbol of international peace day

  • The Peace Bell was donated by the United Nations Association of Japan in 1954. 
  • It has become tradition to ring the bell twice a year: 
    • On the first day of spring, at the Vernal Equinox.
    • On 21 September to celebrate the International Day for Peace.


  • This year’s theme is “End racism. Build peace.”
  • Theme of International Day of Peace in 2021 was “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”. 


  • The day is celebrated as a period of non-violence and cease-fire. 
  • It plays a significant role in promoting peace across the world. 
  • The day seeks to promote a green & sustainable global economy which produces jobs, reduces emissions, and builds resilience towards climate impacts.

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