International Day of Peace, 21 September

International Day of Peace, 21 September

idp-newThe International Day of Peace was established by a unanimous resolution of the United Nations in 1981. Its mission is to provide a common time period for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on or near a shared date, and to bring together efforts from around the world whose ultimate focus is to promote peace and sustainability. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Peace. In recent years, this observance has included significant portions of humanity due to the proliferation of wireless technology, computers and cell phones.

The United Nations announced earlier this year that the theme for this year’s International Day of Peace 2011 is ‘Make Your Voice Heard’. If you are planning some actions for that day, please submit your activity to the Culture of Peace Initiative Calendar so that they can include you in their comprehensive listing. The GWI Programme for Actions and GWI Policy Resolutions provide many suggestions for action in areas such as human rights, the environment, humanitarian relief, poverty, health care, disarmament or international cooperation. Further information can be found on www.internationaldayofpeace.org. Rae Duff, GWI Status of Women Committee

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