Vietnamese children pray for peace at a ceremony in 1968. On the International Day of Peace, the United Nations invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities, and to otherwise commemorate the day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

Photograph by W.E. Garrett, National Geographic

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    On September 21, 1982, the United Nations first recognized the International Day of Peace. Today, the UN, nonprofit organizations, and businesses around the world honor the International Day of Peace.
     
    The International Day of Peace begins with the UN Secretary-General ringing the Peace Bell at UN Headquarters in New York City, New York. At noon in every time zone, a moment of silence is observed. In 2014, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged everyone to “stand in solidarity with the civilians killed by terrorism and war, the traumatized families whose homes and futures lie in ruins, the countries whose development has been set back by decades. History has shown that, no matter how fierce, conflict can end, peace can prevail and reconciliation can triumph.”
     
    Every year, the International Day of Peace has a new theme. In 2017, the theme is "Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All." In 2014, it was “The Right of Peoples to Peace.” In 2013, the theme was “Education for Peace.” In 2010, the theme was “Youth for Peace and Development.”
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    business Noun

    sale of goods and services, or a place where such sales take place.

    civilian Noun

    person who is not in the military.

    conflict Noun

    a disagreement or fight, usually over ideas or procedures.

    decade Noun

    10 years.

    development Noun

    construction or preparation of land for housing, industry, or agriculture.

    encourage Verb

    to inspire or support a person or idea.

    festival Noun

    day or other period of time set to celebrate or commemorate an event, usually with a series of parties, ceremonies, or observances.

    fierce Adjective

    wild or savage.

    headquarters Noun

    place where an organization or project is chiefly located.

    honor Verb

    to highly respect or recognize as superior.

    nonprofit organization Noun

    business that uses surplus funds to pursue its goals, not to make money.

    prevail Verb

    to succeed or prove superior.

    recognize Verb

    to identify or acknowledge.

    reconciliation Noun

    process of accepting or no longer being opposed to something.

    right Noun

    specific freedom or opportunity granted to an individual or organization based on the law.

    solidarity Noun

    union between people or groups with similar goals and responsibilities.

    terrorism Noun

    use of violence and threats of violence to influence political decisions.

    time zone Noun

    one of Earth's 24 divisions distinct by one hour, roughly 15 degrees of longitude.

    trauma Noun

    injury resulting from an outside force, such as a gunshot wound.

    triumph Verb

    to win or be successful.

    United Nations Noun

    international organization that works for peace, security and cooperation.

    war Noun

    large-scale armed conflict.