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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.

 

"The International Day of Peace is always a special occasion, but this one is even more so -- for this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Peace Bell, which we ring every year on this day."

-- Kofi Annan --
United Nations Secretary-General
21 September 2004
 
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Design and development: Website Section / United Nations Department of Public Information 2004
"Japanese  Peace Bell" "Secretary-General Kofi Annan rings the Japanese Peace Bell"