What is The International Day of Peace?

The International Day of Peace (Peace Day) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by resolution 36/37, the United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Furthering Peace Day’s mission, the General Assembly voted unanimously in 2001 to adopt resolution 55/282 establishing 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire.

  • Peace Day is non-political—open to all nations, all creeds, all religions

  • Peace Day is a day to educate the world about the possibilities of peace

Estimated awareness of Peace Day in 2014: 1 billion exposure and 610 million awareness
(McKinsey Reporting—Peace One Day)

Measured reach of 2014 #PeaceDay hashtag alone on social media: 382 million
(UN Dept. of Public Info Social Media)

Peace Day engages and activates thousands of peace organizations and millions of citizens on local, national and international levels: 

  • Teachers, parents and peace organizations use the focus of Peace Day to create educational opportunities using art, music and more

  • Live events and concerts bring communities together to celebrate their shared commitment to peace

  • Social media and streaming video connect citizens around the world to the global festivities