The United Nations' (UN) International Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21 each year to recognize the efforts of those who have worked hard to end the conflict and promote peace. The International Day of Peace is also a day of the armistice – personal or political.
A UN resolution established the International Day of Peace in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the UN General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in 1982 and was held on the third Tuesday of September each year until 2002, when September 21 became the permanent date for the International Day of Peace. The assembly decided in 2001 that the International Day of Peace should be annually observed on September 21 starting from 2002. By setting a fixed date for the International Day of Peace, the assembly declared that the day should be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence.
The theme for the International Day of Peace 2020 is “Shaping Peace Together.” It is aimed at celebrating the day by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope in the face of this global pandemic. Also, to stand together with the UN against attempts to use the virus to promote discrimination or hatred.
Observing the International Day of Peace or World Peace Day is vital as it aims at the dispersion of peace and harmony across the world. The world is so much in need to love, friendship, and positivity, especially during this year, 2020. As we all are aware, there have been a lot of disputes between certain countries for many reasons.
So, it is vital to observe this day to spread peace and avoid any form of war that may affect innocent people's lives. International Day of Peace 2020 can be celebrated by spreading peace messages on social media to remind people that there is no happy place to live in than a peaceful world.