"Over the next 100 days, let us stand with the millions of people across the world who are suffering the devastating impact of violence and conflict. Let us share ideas and plans for helping and supporting them in their time of dire need."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on the 21st of September. The General Assembly has declared that this day is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace. Differences should be celebrated and loved during this time.
The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by resolution 36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982.
In 2001, the General Assembly by unanimous vote adopted resolution 55/282, which established 21st of September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire.
The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.
In 2015 Unity Foundation will produce the 7th Annual Peace Day Global Broadcast Celebrating the UN International Day of Peace. The broadcast, which streams live from the United Nations will also commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the United Nations. The Peace Day Global Broadcasts promote the vitally important work of the United Nations, its humanitarian agencies and organizations throughout the world working for peace, the environment, human rights, and social and economic justice. Each year the broadcasts give special focus to the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals. A Preview of the 2015 Peace Day Global Broadcast can be viewed at www.unityfoundation.org The broadcast will be presented from September 19th to September 21st.
The 2015 Peace Day Global Broadcast will feature a number of special presentations during the program including: The UN 70th Anniversary Celebration in San Francisco with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Dalai Lama's 80th Birthday Celebration and Global Compassion Summit, the presentation of the Harvey Milk Human Rights Award to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Ringo Starr's 75th Birthday and Peace & Love Celebration, and the San Diego Youth Orchestra's concert in Beijing, China.
The broadcast features celebrations, concerts, parades, and cultural and educational presentations. There are also special messages of peace from celebrities and humanitarians including: Michael Douglas, Dr. Jane Goodall, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Tavis Smiley, Marianne Williamson, Dolores Huerta, Ed Asner, Rosanne Barr, Edward James Olmos, Diane Ladd, Peter Coyote, Michelle Phillips, Soccer Star Tony Sennah, and Three Time Olympian Marilyn King. Through a special arrangement with Black Entertainment Television (BET) and Sunseeker Media the 2015 broadcast will feature Stevie Wonder's "Message of Peace: A United Nations Day Concert" featuring Stevie Wonder, Sting, Wyclef Jean, Jonelle Monae, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and other prominent musicians. United Nations- http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/