Secretary-General António Guterres rings the Peace Bell at the annual ceremony held at UN Headquarters in observance of the International Day of Peace in 2019. UN Photo/Kim Haughton
This year’s International Day of Peace Observance will be a virtual event under the theme “Shaping Peace Together”, to be held on 17 September 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT. The online Student Observance will begin with a dialogue between United Nations Messengers of Peace and young people around the world on the United Nations Secretary-General’s call for a global ceasefire and the importance of coming together peacefully to turn the COVID-19 crises into an opportunity for peace and inclusivity. The Peace Bell Ceremony will follow, featuring the participation of the United Nations Secretary-General, the President of the General Assembly and the Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations. There will also be a performance by the Universal Hip Hop Museum.
The virtual concert will be hosted by Beth Nielsen Chapman, twice Grammy-nominated who has released thirteen solo albums and written seven #1 hits and songs. Musical guests will include Keb Mo', Victoria Canal, Melanie, Mary Gauthier and NuDeco/Ben Folds, aside from messages of peace delivered by Olivia Newton John, Leland Melvin, Jody Williams, Dr. Kakha Shengelia, Mungi Ngomane and Rev. Becca Stevens.
You can click here to watch the virtual concert live.