International Day of Peace

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at the goal.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

There is a peace bell in New York which is rung to inaugurate the International Day of Peace which is also known as World Peace Day. The United Nations Peace Bell at the United Nations Headquarters is cast from coins donated by children from all continents except Africa. The Bell was a gift from the United Nations Association of Japan as “A Reminder of the Human Cost of War”, on its side reads the inscription, “Long Live Absolute World Peace”.

In September 1982 the first Peace Day was observed, and in 2002 United Nations officially declared September 21 as the International Day of Peace, since then every year it is been celebrated by the United Nations by inviting people and nations to honour a termination of conflicts during the International Day of Peace, and to commemorate the Day by education and public awareness on issues related to World Peace.

This Day is a reminder to all the people of the nations to that United Nations is a living instrument in the service of peace and it also reminds everyone that they should keep peace above all interests or differences.

This year the theme is “Education for Peace”. The Secretary General’s message on this day is “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.”

Some other important landmarks that were observed were when UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in 2005, called for a 24 hour ceasefire across the world to mark a day of non-violence. In 2007, a minute of silence was observed after UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki-Moon rang the peace bell in New York, calling for cessation of hostilities.

It is important for the world to realise the fact the dialogue can resolve conflicts and bring in peace and harmony among all nations of the world. After all, we must remember what Mahatma Gandhi said, that “an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”.

 

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18 thoughts on “International Day of Peace

  1. Humans love to fight, they feel pride in doing so, to beat someone, to act violent, to win wars, to assassinate people and to overthrow governments. Humans are the most dangerous creatures in this world, we might call ourselves civilized but the recent wars and the Syrian crisis have shown, the world can’t be at peace untill we change our mindsets complete.

    It will very difficult to imagine a world free of arms and ammunition. A world free of boundaries, free from greed, and a peaceful environment. When ever there is a crisis what we do we send in more armed forces to combat that, what kind of ridiculous tactics are that?
    The armed forces might calm down tensions but peace cannot be achieved by force.

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  2. Iffat anjum says:

    ‘To teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect and considering this year the year of education for peace’ will help us build lot and change a lot in our self before we teach our children because practical knowledge is easily understood by children.This should not be a year movement but should be continuous part of upbringing our child.The earth does not comprise of one similar society and so we should tolerate and respect the fellow different inmates in a society and country as a whole but if we fail to do so then earth will comprise of animals.Let us decide what we are teaching our child to be human or choose weapons to build a relationship and rule the world as animal in a jungle of animals.Let education do its role and is best understood and practiced in our life rather than being bookish and contextual.The role of education contributing in world peace will be deep rooted and will lead our world a war free world with white flower blossoming having mist of peace on it which will be breathed by our children.

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  3. Smriti says:

    We can strive for peace not just at the political and world platforms but also at much smaller ones, like our families homes and neighborhoods. If we achieve this, then the world can be a much better place.

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  4. Mark says:

    Education though important for world peace has not deterred the use of violence. Some of the most intelligent men have made some of the most ingenious weapons. What is important is the kind of education we impart. ‘An education without values’, said C.S Lewis, ‘seems to make man a cleverer devil’. Though formal education is important and has its own problems like history textbooks instilling adversity among students such as in India and Pakistan, a society bereft of any values which could be taught informally, is directionless.

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  5. Manjit says:

    International Day of Peace theme, Education For Peace, was inspired by the U.N. Secretary General’s Education First campaign.The 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.Creating Opportunities for Learning and skill-building provides an opportunity to involve children and youth,as well as adults, in learning, discovery, dialogue and skill building related to peace and non-violence within communities.

    “Imagine” by John Lennon “Imagine all the people living life in peace…you may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”

    I think the one who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.

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  6. Pankaj Bhardwaj says:

    Education for peace aims to advance active learning in the areas of conflict resolution,global citizenship,human rights and the link between sustainability and peace ,so use it as a focus………..

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  7. Suhail Haque says:

    “Education for Peace”, “Food for Peace”, “Livelihood for Peace”, we can have many more themes in the coming years but will that bring any change? I seriously doubt that. Peace actually is an utopian concept. Countries that build weapons of mass destruction justifies it in the name of peace. Every country has a violent history, we should not forget that. Even if we destroy all the weapons of the world its hard to say that we’ll have peace. No harm in trying though, education with values, all year round food, dignified livelihood for all and etc. etc but by focusing only for a year and then jumping onto something else will not help…we need more than just themes for a year.

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    • Iffat Anjum says:

      I agree about what you say i.e focusing only for one year on education for peace and then moving to some other topic wont help. It will only help us to justify our self that we are peace loving country or organization. But practically following will help in making world the peaceful place to live, then again we have to pay the cost that is to stop trying to be the rulers of the world.

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  8. Suhail Haque says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I am a very peace loving person myself but this hypocrisy of the nations and their leaders has left a very negative impact. At one hand they talk about peace and then they build weapons and invade countries in the name of peace.

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  9. Arunima says:

    “On this International Day of Peace, let us pledge to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect….as said by the Secretary General of United Nation. But what I want these children to learn is the value of resilience. A calamity can happen any time, anywhere unannounced. And, what these children should build is the power to overcome the trauma, disaster and tragedy to get back to live life at its best. Giving the capacity to these children to withstand stress and catastrophe, so that they are able to rebuild their lives even after devastating psycho-social tragedies.

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  10. Kaif Siddiqui says:

    Now a days,we are getting Education only for getting the good job, respectable position in the community and luxurious life, the main motive of getting the education is to get a good job. So its a mind set of today’s generation that is the reason we are loosing our values and morals, we are not giving respect to our elders even our parents, indulging in bad activities, crimes rate are still increasing, no peace in the country as well as in the world. so we have to give a lot moral values along with the education at all the levels for making the world peaceful and crime less. So that we can say at all “EDUCATION FOR PEACE”.

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  11. Kumar Anshuman says:

    Termination of conflicts during the International Day of Peace, celebrating a day as International Day of Peace and selecting a theme (Education for Peace) will not create any difference. The values need to be imbibed among us since childhood.
    Rahul rightly pointed out, “Humans love to fight, they feel pride in doing so, to beat someone, to act violent, to win wars, to assassinate people and to overthrow governments.” This behavior can only be changed and international peace can be achieved only when “Education for Peace” will not only be selected as a theme for a year but also adopted across world in the system.

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  12. Ujjwal says:

    Human is a greedy species and we can’t deny the fact. Assassination on the whole world by human species is the example. Some one tought me in my childhood that the “Lion is King of Jungle.” Isn’t it a good joke. We destroy the habitations then we execute plans for preservation and conservation. This phenomenon has taken us towards destruction and has created a threat for our own species. Peace can only prevail when greed is not the part of human nature that is near to impossible. Hence what we need is to reduce greed and fill ourselves with empathy, only then we could think about dreaming the world living in peace.

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