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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 2018, the theme celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 2013, the theme was “Education for Peace.” In 2010, the theme was “Youth for Peace and Development.”
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.

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