Secretary-General António Guterres ringing the Peace Bell at UN Headquarters in observance of the International Day of Peace in 2019.


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.

Please follow the link to attend the virtual observance. For questions about the observance please email

Poster for Academic Impact concert for the International Day of Peace

Virtual Concert to Celebrate International Day of Peace

Within the framework of the75th anniversary of the United Nations and in celebration of this year's International Day of Peace, the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) presents the virtual concert Shaping Peace Together, that will take place on Monday, 21 September at 8:00am EDT/New York time.

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.