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The General Assembly, in resolution 55/282, of 7 September 2001, decided that, beginning in 2002, the International Day of Peace should be observed on 21 September each year. The Assembly declared that the Day be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day. It invited all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, regional and non-governmental organizations and individuals to commemorate the Day in an appropriate manner, including through education and public awareness, and to cooperate with the United Nations in establishing a global ceasefire.

How is the day being observed at the UN?

At New York Headquarters

Secretary-General Kofi Annan will ring the Peace Bell, located in the West Court Garden on the front lawn of the Secretariat Building, on Friday 20 September 2002 at 10 a.m. A ceremony, during the which the Secretary-General will make brief remarks, will precede the ringing of the Bell.

On Friday 20 September, the Secretary-General is expected to issue a message reflective of the Day. The message is expected to be available prior to the Day.

An International Day of Peace Vigil, organized by a number of non-governmental organizations and supported by the United Nations, is scheduled to begin after the Secretary-General rings the Peace Bell on 20 September. The focal point of the Vigil will be the Meditation Room located in the General Assembly Public Lobby at 46th Street & First Avenue. The Meditation Room will be open for public participation in the Vigil on Saturday 21 September from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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