September 21st was International Day of Peace. Every year since its inception by the UN in 1982, this holiday has grown to mobilize millions of people around the world to
call for the end of conflict and the creation of a culture of peace among all nations and
peoples. In 2002, the UN officially declared September 21st to be the permanent date for the Day of Peace. Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as
lighting a candle at noon, or just sitting in silent meditation. Or it
can involve getting your co-workers, organization, community or
government engaged in a large event. This year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a Minute of
Silence at 12 noon to commemorate the day.
Peace is more than the
absence of war. It is about transforming our relationships and our societies and uniting our
global community to work together for a more peaceful, just and
sustainable world for all. It is about calling a ceasefire on conflict– both personal and
political. Take this opportunity to make peace in your own
relationships, as well as to impact the larger conflicts of our time.