The International Day of Peace

From time to time, we stop to celebrate our successes — to honor the pioneers who have gone before us, to recognize the progress we have made.

The International Day of Peace, Sept. 21st, is rapidly becoming one of the annual time markers that we use to celebrate our emerging global culture of peace. This year, millions of people in thousands of places around the world will observe the International Day of Peace. It will be a day of parades, concerts, vigils, speeches, and programs of various kinds. The celebrations will be large and small, simple and sophisticated.

As described on a website devoted to its promotion, the International Day of Peace was first established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. Beginning in 2002, the UN General Assembly set 21 September as the now permanent date for the International Day 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.”

In Oklahoma, the observance of the International Day of Peace has grown naturally as a statement of personal and community values.

This year, our chapter of the UN Association is proud to be a co-sponsor of Oklahoma City’s community-wide celebration of the International Day of Peace. We want to increase public awareness of the International Day of Peace until it is easily recognized by all Oklahomans as an annual September event — like the State Fair or the first Friday night football game or the first Open House Night at your child’s school.