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International Day of Peace


Theme 2013: Education for peace

The 2013 Peace Day theme highlights education as an important path toward a more peaceful world as well as the crucial need for educational programming specific to the subject of peace. Achieving gains in education will have an impact on all the Millennium Development Goals as well, from lower child and maternal mortality, to better health, higher income and more environmentally-friendly societies.


International Day of Peace Guide

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

"It is not enough to teach children how to read, write and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the world in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies."

"On this International Day of Peace, let us pledge to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect. Let us invest in the schools and teachers that will build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity. Let us fight for peace and defend it with all our might."

Time line

1981 – UN General Assembly Resolution passed

1982 – First observance

1983 – Culture of Peace initiative

2001 – Date set at 21 September

2004 – Taiwan issues commemorative stamp

2005 – UN Secretary General calls for 24 hour ceasefire

2007 – UN Secretary General calls for worldwide moment of silence

2009 – International Year of Reconciliation announced

2011 – Peace and Democracy: Make Your Voice Heard

2012 – Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future

2013 - Focus on Peace education