International Day of Peace
Each year on September 21, the UN invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities and commemorate the International Day of Peace through education and public awareness on issues related to peace. In the quest for peace, UPF chapters around the world organize commemorations of the International Day of Peace each year.
The theme for 2016 is "The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace."
Programs may include:
- Reading United Nations and UPF statements about the International Day of Peace
- Observing one minute of silence
- A forum on the theme chosen by the United Nations
- Prayers and readings from various religions (English | French | Russian | Spanish), which can be read as representatives of various religions each light a candle or pour water into a common bowl
- Music, art, dances, and food from various cultures
- A march, rally, service project, or sports event (for examples, click here)
UN Website on the International Day of Peace
Principles of Ambassadors for Peace
Promoting a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World
Communication Skills Exercises
PeaceMaker video game role-playing scenarios in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict (free)
People Power video game of non-violent resistance strategies ($10)
For potential partners see:
- The International Day of Peace Vigil
- The Peace Pole Project
- United Religions Initiative Cooperation Circles
- Peace Jam's Global Call to Action
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