Established by the United Nations in 1981 in a unanimous resolution, the International Day of Peace was set aside on September 21 of each year to commemorate and strengthen the ideals of peace among all nations and peoples. “Since wars begin in the minds of men,” the resolution states, “it is in the minds of men that the defense of peace must be constructed.”
The 2021 theme, Recovering Better for an Equitable and Sustainable World, acknowledges the challenges to peace presented by the global pandemic. The pandemic has sickened some 23 million, cost the lives of 4.7 million, destabilizing the global economy and impacted the lives of billions of people around the globe.
The Global Peace Foundation urges world leaders and governments, peace and humanitarian organizations, and world citizens to support the International Day of Peace as a “sustained humanitarian pause” to local conflicts, and to act creatively to build peace in our homes, relationships, communities and society.