INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE AND THE WEEK OF DIALOGUE
The International Day of Peace, September 21st, is observed “… as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day.” The United Nations invites all “… to commemorate the International Day of Peace through education and public awareness, and to cooperate with the United Nations in the establishment of the global ceasefire.” Recognizing the International Day of Peace each year with the Secretary General ringing the Peace Bell, the United Nations affirms that the observance and celebration of the International Day of Peace “… strengthens the ideals of peace and alleviates tensions and causes of conflict.”
The long-term goal is to sow the seed of peace, to bring to life the United Nations Resolution on the Right of Peoples to Peace (A/RES/39/11): “… that the maintenance of a peaceful life for peoples is the sacred duty of each State” and “peoples of our planet have a sacred right to peace.” The 65th Annual DPI/NGO Conference Declaration also “… recognized that the Post-2015 Development Agenda will not be achieved unless the vision of a culture of peace is incorporated throughout the framework.”
The knowledge and the presence of the International Day of Peace around the world is growing significantly, with the worldwide enthusiasm, scope and support reflected by “#peaceday” being used over 300,000,000 times in 2014. 2015 will continue to build a critical mass of positive energy and unity to facilitate a greater understanding and appreciation of peace. As a global event based on local participation and collaboration, the programs of Global Family for Love and Peace will expand the global awareness and impact of the International Day of Peace.
THE WEEK OF DIALOGUE – September 15th-21st and now in its 13th year – is a platform for people and organizations to tell their stories of interconnectedness and demonstrate the power of working together. It is a global celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace through local participation and collaboration.
Dialogues are interchanges, and during the Week of Dialogue individuals and organizations of all kind are encouraged to share their cultural values and traditions as part of an effort to address the immediate needs of communities, regions, or the world. Dialogues can take place during an afternoon, over a day, or during the entire week, and need not be elaborate or formal: the purpose is to bring people together to find common ground to work toward a more peaceful and cooperative future, with each participant knowingly playing a positive role in creating change.
The Week of Global Interreligious Dialogue partners with 11 Days of Global Unity, an annual worldwide promotion of peace, justice, sustainability and transformation, beginning on September 11th and culminating on the International Day of Peace, September 21st.
GFLP is a participant on the NGO Planning Committee for the International Day of Peace.
Examples of past dialogues