Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
Sustainable Development Goal 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” calls for promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
A peaceful society is one where there is justice and equality for everyone. Peace will enable a sustainable environment to take shape and a sustainable environment will help promote peace.
You can support SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions by seeking peaceful resolution of conflict when disagreements arise around you. You can be part of the solution by taking small steps. You can prevent an injustice at school or in your community by adopting a non-violent approach to problem solving and reporting potential crimes, including online bullying.
The Day’s theme for 2016 was “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace”
In 2017 the theme was “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All”
The theme for 2018 was “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”
The official International Day of Peace website is internationaldayofpeace.org
Global Feast for Peace
International Cities of Peace would like people to celebrate not just International Day of Peace, but Peace Week (15-21 Sept). They also encourage people to eat together in their local communities, and have a map and website where people can register their planned activity.