UPF Activities

United Nations Themes
2013: Education for Peace
2012: Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future
2011: Peace and Democracy: Make Your Voice Heard
2010: Youth and Development
2009: Disarmament and Non-proliferation
2008: Human Rights and Peacekeeping
2007: Peace Is the United Nations' Highest Calling


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 and its Ambassadors for Peace around the world organize commemorations of the International Day of Peace each year.

International Day of Peace observances may include:

  • Reading UN 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)

Reports from UPF chapters that organized programs in 2013.

Download a PowerPoint report of UPF programs on the International Day of Peace 2013

Additional resources

Principles of Ambassadors for Peace
Promoting a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World
Communication Skills Exercises
Team-Building Exercises
Conflict-Management 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:


Day of Peace Reports


2013 PowerPoint

2012 PowerPoint

2011 Report
(PDF 24MB)

2010 Report
(PDF 62MB)

2010 PowerPoint
(PPT 67MB)

2009 Report
2009 PowerPoint
(PPT 35MB)

2008 Report
(PDF 11MB)

Day of Peace Videos

Peace Songs

Peace Train
Nobel Concert 2006

Peace One Day Concert Winning Song

Peace One Day: One Day at a Time

Peace One Day Rocks

United Nations Singers: Song of Peace

Peace One Day: No Wars Will Stop Us