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September 16, 2011 > International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace

Submitted By Desrie Campbell

This year marks the 30th annual International Day of Peace. This occasion was created by the United General Assembly in 1981 in a resolution unanimously adopted by every nation. The occasion provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The United Nations announced earlier this year that the theme for this year's International Day of Peace 2011 is 'Make Your Voice Heard'.

The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982. In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace. This annual global observance now occurs in all countries and cultures and encompasses many types of institutions and organizations involving hundreds of millions of people of all generations.

By creating the International Day of Peace, the UN devoted itself to worldwide peace and encouraged all of mankind to work in cooperation for this goal. During the discussion of the U.N. Resolution that established the International Day of Peace, it was suggested that:
"Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples... This day will serve as a reminder to all peoples that our organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should serve all of us here within the organization as a constantly pealing bell reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace."

One focal point across the entire planet will be the minute of silence at 12:00 noon, in all time zones worldwide, on Sept. 21 as requested by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations. A local event will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 21 at Lake Elizabeth, Fremont (by the Peace Pole, Near the Boat House, Snack Shack). Sponsored by Pax Christie and the newly-formed Interfaith Women of Peace, the community is invited to celebrate peace in our community. This will be a time to embrace our community and share in peace and harmony. The Interfaith Women of Peace consists of a diverse group of women who promote peace through friendship and understanding. We enrich our lives by learning about the cultural and spiritual traditions of our diverse communities.

Please join us as we unite with millions of people of all faith traditions throughout the world to pray for peace.

International Day of Peace
Wednesday, Sept 21
6 p.m.
Lake Elizabeth, Fremont
(Sailway Dr. near boat house)

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