This Friday September 21, 2007 marks the 25th anniversary of the The International Day of Peace. This day was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 and was first celebrated in 1982. This special day provides an opportunity for individuals and nations to create practical acts of peace. In establishing the International Day of Peace, the United Nations General Assembly decided that it would be appropriate,
"to devote a specific time to concentrate the efforts of the United Nations and its Member States, as well as of the whole of mankind, to promoting the ideals of peace and to giving positive evidence of their commitment to peace in all viable ways… (The International Day of Peace) should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples."
The Assembly's resolution declared that the International Day of Peace,
"will serve as a reminder to all peoples that our Organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should serve all of us here within the Organization as a constantly pealing bell reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace. May this Peace Day indeed be a day of peace."
In 2006, 3500 events were hosted in 200 countries. This year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will ring the Peace Bell at United Nations Headquarters in New York, as is customary of this very special day. He has called for a 24-hour cessation of hostilities on September 21st, and for a minute of silence to be observed around the world at noon local time.
For more information on specific events in your area, or how to organize an event in your area, please visit the International Day of Peace website and for general information about the International Day of Peace and the U.N's role, please visit the UN site.