The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.
The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.
- 2015 - Partnerships for Peace - Dignity for All
- 2014 - The Right of Peoples to Peace
- 2013 - Education for Peace
- 2012 - Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future
- 2011 - Peace and Democracy: Make your voice heard!
- 2010 - Youth for Peace and Development
- 2009 - Disarmament and non-proliferation
- 2008 - Human Rights and Peacekeeping
- 2007 - Peace is the United Nations' highest calling