With Resolution UN/A/RES/55/282 of September 7 2001, the UN General Assembly decided that International Day of Peace shall be observed on September 21 each year, rather than on the third Tuesday of September each year. The GA also declared that the International Day of Peace “shall be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the day.”
The Resolution invites all UN Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, regional and non-governmental organizations and individuals to
“…commemorate, in an appropriate manner, the International Day of Peace, including through education and public awareness, and to cooperate with the United Nations in the establishment of the global ceasefire.”
Resolution 55/282 reaffirms the contribution that the observance and celebration of International Day of Peace makes in strengthening the ideals of peace and alleviating tensions and causes of conflict. It also considers the unique opportunity the Day offers for a cessation of violence and conflict throughout the world.
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