Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is calling for the worldwide
observance of a 24-hour cease-fire and day of nonviolence to mark
International Day of Peace on 21 September 2005.
The International Day of Peace will follow on the heels of a special
summit of world leaders at UN headquarters on 14-16 September. During
this high-level meeting, heads of state and government discussed
strategies linking development, security, human rights and peace
into a cohesive framework. It was the
largest gathering of world leaders in history.
The International Day of Peace was first established in 1981 by
a resolution 36/67
of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening
session every September. In 2001 the resolution 55/282
was strengthened to fix the date annually on 21 September and for
it to be a day of nonviolence and cease-fire. The resolution was
adopted unanimously by the Member States of the General Assembly.
This year, the Day will be observed at UN Headquarters with the
traditional ceremony in which the Secretary-General rings the Peace
Bell. Keeping with past tradition, numerous events and observances
are planned around the world by United Nations offices, governmental
and non-governmental agencies and civil society and religious groups
to promote the ideals of peace and nonviolence.
The International Day of Peace “is meant to be a day of global cease-fire, when all countries and all people stop all hostilities for the entire day. And it is a day on which people around the world observe a minute of silence at 12 noon local time. […]And let us pledge to do our utmost to carry out the important decisions on peace taken by last week’s 2005 World Summit.”
||-- Kofi Annan
United Nations Secretary-General
21 September 2005