On September 21, 1982, the United Nations General Assembly resolution establishing an annual International Day of Peace was observed for the first time.
The intent was to strengthen the ideals of peace both within our own countries and among all nations by rededicating ourselves through education and public awareness.
A goal of the International Day of Peace is a day of non-violence and cease-fire around the world. In order to create sustainable peace, the deep causes of violent conflict must begin to be addressed and the practice of peaceful management and conflict resolution learned.
The theme of this year’s International Day of Peace is the “Right of People to Peace” and understanding that the promotion of peace is “vital for the full enjoyment of all human rights.”
The Sonoma County Peace Alliance and the Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County encourage our communities to embrace the concept of an International Day of Peace on September 21 this year and every year. Our hope is that we will all use this day as an inspiration for seeking peace within ourselves and with others, not only on September 21, but the other 364 days of the year, as well.