The International Day of Peace or “Peace Day” is observed on 21 September every year.
It was established in 1981 by United Nations
In 2013 the day was dedicated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to peace education, the key preventive means to reduce war sustainably.
As an inaugural ceremony, the United Nations Peace Bell is rung at UN Headquarters.
The bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents except Africa, and was a gift from the United Nations Association of Japan, as “a reminder of the human cost of war”; the inscription on its side reads, “Long live absolute world peace”
The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”
This year, the International Day of Peace focuses on engaging and mobilizing people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants.
Its messages are shared with communities hosting refugees and migrants, as well as people concerned that refugees and migrants may bring physical and economic insecurity to their lives.