September 21: International Day of Peace

By Tonka Dobreva 09.20.2016 interact

September 21 is International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day. In 1981, the UN General Assembly established the third Tuesday of September as Peace Day, and in 2001, the international organization accepted a resolution to make September 21 a day of non-violence and cease-fire.

peacebell2Part of World Peace Day celebrations include the ringing of the Peace Bell at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The Peace Bell was donated in 1954 by the United Nations Association of Japan and is made from  coins and medals donated by the representatives of Member States, the Pope and children from over 60 different nations.

The theme of the 2016 International Day of Peace is  “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”

As the UN describes them, “The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at an historic summit of the world’s leaders in New York in September 2015. The new ambitious 2030 agenda calls on countries to begin efforts to achieve these goals over the next 15 years. It aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.”

Learn more about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and tell us in the comments section below how you are celebrating Peace Day this year — and which one of these goals you think is most important for world peace.



Image source: United Nations 



  1. Lana

    This is great, although I believe we should always be working on these 17 things. One day per year may help for a week, but we need to help anyone who needs the help. I definitely think this is a great idea for our crazy world to come together and be humble and kind. The little kids on Earth may finally understand peace.

  2. colin dillingham

    I think World Peace Day is really good because everyone can come together and be nice.

  3. Jessica Skidmore

    I think that world peace day is an amazing day because it gives our messed up world a day for peace and comfort! 🙂

  4. Norah Colburn

    I think that all of theese are important, so focus on all of them!!

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  6. Adriana Gardner

    Word peace day is great because it gives this cruel world a day for peace and to accept others and spread love. The next generation should know what peace feels like. But for now, ring the bell!

  7. Olivia Gozzo

    That is so cool I believe kids should get a word and peace day should be everyday.

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