The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.
The UN has declared that this day "... shall henceforth be observed
as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day"
This year, the World Peace Day focuses on the theme:
"End racism. Build peace"
Racism continues to poison institutions, social structures, and everyday life in every society. It continues to be a driver of persistent inequality. And it continues to deny people their fundamental human rights. It destabilizes societies, undermines democracies, erodes the legitimacy of governments, and… the linkages between racism and gender inequality are unmistakable.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres
A number of other days have also been designated by the UN and world community, which relate to the theme of Peace. They include:
- 24 Apil - International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace
- 16 May - International Day of Living Together in Peace
- 29 May - International Day of UN Peacekeepers
- 2 October - International Day of Non-Violence
- 10 November - World Science Day for Peace and Development
- 12 December - International Day of Neutrality
Peace is a state of the human society that is achieved through broad well-being and absence of conflict. The theme of Peace is an underlying objective that runs through everything we do in order to achieve a peaceful society through economic, social and environmental means.
GDRC therefore reaffirms its committment to uphold the objectives of the World Peace Day, and work towards better understanding of, and action on, promoting and enhancing peaceful societies, particularly in developing countries.