What is International Day of Peace?

21st September 2022 - 21st September 2022

International Day of Peace, also known as Peace Day, is observed around the world each year on 21st September. This special day was established in 1981 by the United Nations to encourage every country in the world, and thereby all of humanity, to observe a day of peace together in whatever way is meaningful to them. The hope is that this global day will provide individuals and nations the opportunity to commit to Peace above all differences and contribute to building a Culture of Peace. For some, this might be through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire, for others this could be marching peacefully or holding a community event.

What is the theme for 2022?

The theme for 2022 is: End Racism. Build Peace.

We cannot celebrate peace with prejudice and intolerance in our hearts. As UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said:

“Racism continues to poison institutions, social structures, and everyday life in every society. It continues to be a driver of persistent inequality. And it continues to deny people their fundamental human rights. It destabilizes societies, undermines democracies, erodes the legitimacy of governments, and… the linkages between racism and gender inequality are unmistakable.”

Therefore, in order for everyone to play they part in fostering peace, we must first tackle racism. We must overcome suspicion and hatred with compassion and empathy.

How is International Day of Peace being celebrated this year?

The International Day of Peace will be observed on 16 September 2022 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Secretary-General and President of the General Assembly will ring the Peace Bell. Following that, a Youth Observance will be held, in which more than 500 young people will present projects that illustrate the action they have taken to combat racism and thereby foster peace. Both events will be broadcast live and on demand. See the Programme of the Youth Observance.

How can we celebrate Peace Day?

  • Encourage your school to get involved through class meditation, mindful colouring or class discussion on peace
  • Mindful activities at home, i.e., yoga or meditation
  • Create a peace flag and get friends/family/school/clubs to join in.
  • Engage in social action i.e visit Amnesty International or join a club
  • Read a book – be inspired from this list or #ReadForUkraine
  • Watch a film with a peace theme
  • Spread the word on social media and tell people how you are celebrating
  • Do a Random Act of Kindness and post about it to encourage other to do the same!