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" Individuals can make a difference and if each of us do our bit, collectively we will make a major contribution."

-- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in support of the International Day of Peace


The International Day of Peace started 22 years ago. Its purpose, as stated in the original United Nations General Assembly resolution, is:

"[...T]o devote a specific time to concentrate the efforts of the United Nations and its Member States, as well as of the whole of mankind, to promoting the ideals of peace and to giving positive evidence of their commitment to peace in all viable ways... [The International Day of Peace] should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples."

This day is a important opportunity for school and community groups to become part of a worldwide observation. We encourage you and your students to start planning for this exciting day.

Here are some suggestions of what you might do:
Observe a minute of silence at 12 noon
Help improve your community
Hold a concert at a hospital or elders' home
Collect food or clothing for people in need.

 

Use the Internet to promote peace
Get involved in YouthCan, a youth run organization that uses technology to inspire, connect and educate people worldwide about environmental issues.
Join Pumped Up for Peace, a new project sponsored by the UN Cyberschoolbus that is helping a community in the Amazon rainforest whose water supply has become contaminated.
Gather ideas from Ben & Jerry's "50 Ways to Promote Peace".
Make or order a peace pole for your school, park, or place of worship.
Play the recording of the UN Peace Bell at noon, or ring bells for peace with your school community. (Requires RealPlayer)

 


You could also:

Plant a tree

Schedule an assembly with a peace theme, or hold a peace vigil

Hold a conflict resolution workshop

Create your own celebration

Email us at cyberschoolbus@un.org and let us know how you will celebrate the International Day of Peace.

More information on how you can participate in the International Day of Peace will appear on our site soon.

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