September 21 is the International Day of Peace, where peace is appreciated and celebrated worldwide. It is also referred to, unofficially, as World Peace Day, and was initially established in 1982. Up until 2001, it was celebrated every year on the third Tuesday of September, then changed it to be set annually on September 21 every year since 2001.
Additionally, the United States Peace Bell is rung at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The bell was a gift from Japan and is often known to be a reminder of the human cost of war and is dedicated to the overall absence of war and violence.
“I think the International Day of Peace is important so we can show that we can all get along and cooperate and we don’t have to show violence to get our ways,” said freshman Sophia Szegda. “To celebrate it, I’d make up with friends and help others through struggles. I’d overall just enjoy a peaceful day.”
There are many ways to participate in the International Day of Peace. Events are happening all across the world in different continents. These events consist of meditation, marching, music, and more. There are other ways to participate in World Peace Day, including using the hashtag “standup4humanrights” on all forms of social media as well as speaking up when others’ rights are at risk and/or in danger.
“I think this day is important because it helps people have peace for themselves and others,” said freshman Anna Kirk. “If I were to celebrate this day, I’d take my friends to a park and we’d talk about how great peace is.”
The United Nations Member States created the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 because they held the understanding that it would likely not be possible to create a peaceful world. There was a chance that steps would not be taken to achieve development for all people everywhere, and the goals were used to ensure that all their rights were protected and secure. Some examples of these goals include no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, and quality education.
This year, the theme for the International Day of Peace is “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70.” It celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, from which is treated as a milestone in the history of human rights. It was drafted by representatives all across the world with different backgrounds, and it is used to signify a common standard of achievement for all people. This document is also the most translated document in the world and is available in over 500 languages.
“For me, the International Day of Peace acts as a reminder that if war is created by us, then it can be eradicated by us, too,” said a very peaceful person named Holly Walton. “As for celebrating it, I try to celebrate it each day in my behavior. I think everyday should be peaceful, and we’re taking steps to get there.”
World Peace Day is widely recognized in all regions across the world. It is used to celebrate the absence of war and violence in the world, appreciate worldwide peace, and to signify human rights.