UPF Activities


United Nations Themes
2014: The Right of Peoples to Peace
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.

The theme for 2014 is "The Right of Peoples to Peace," marking the 30th anniversary of the UN General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace. This anniversary offers a unique opportunity to reaffirm the United Nations commitment to the purposes and principles upon which the Organization was founded. The Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace recognizes that the promotion of peace is vital for the full enjoyment of all human rights.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Message on the International Day of Peace 2014 [English | French]
UPF's Statement on the International Day of Peace 2014 [English]


Argentina: Presentation of prizes in the 2014 International Day of Peace Poetry Contest on the theme: "Roads and Bridges to Peace"
Benin: Conferences and other events on the theme "Operation Heart-to-Heart"
Cambodia: Programs at three universities in Battambang
Program on "The Role of Youth in Peacebuilding" in Medan
Sports competitions in Monza
Nigeria: Various events in mosques and churches, a conference for aspiring politicians, a briefing for journalists, and a national conference and awards ceremony
Norway: Forum on "A Religious Approach to a Peaceful World" at a church in Oslo

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
  • Read quotes about peace
  • 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)
  • Participate in a global "peace-cast" throughout the day

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
video game role-playing scenarios in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict (free)
People Power video game of non-violent resistance strategies ($10)


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