Prove this a prosperous day, the three nooked world shall bear the olive freely"
William Shakespeare, from Antony & Cleopatra
This Peace Day, Saturday 21 September 2019, marks 20 years since the launch of Peace Day.
"Peace One Day’s objective is to institutionalize Peace Day 21 September. Throughout 20 years, millions of people have been active on Peace Day in every country of the world, and hundreds of organizations have carried out life-saving activities in areas of conflict."
Peace One Day is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1999. In 2001 due to our efforts the member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September – Peace Day.
2019 sees the launch of Peace One Day’s new campaign “Cyber Non-violence”, seeking to decrease online hate speech, racism, bullying and ridicule, and hoping to see an increase in peaceful communication online.
Peace Day invite students, teachers, schools and youth organization all over the world to participate in this year’s focus youth project: #PeaceDay193.
The ambition is - for the first time ever - to record young people committing to Peace Day across all 193 UN Member States.
On Peace Day, 21 September, we will compile 193 photos of young people (1 selected from each country) as an artistic installation at the flagship Peace Day celebration, in London. It will look incredible!
To get involved, simply SIGN-UP and Send a Photo displaying your national flag and #PeaceDay193’. Simple, isn't it?
This photo is an opportunity for any young person (under 25), school or youth organization to be the face of peace advocacy for all of your country.
Through the photo, you can express your creativity, send a powerful message, showcase any branding, honour national identity or simply share a smile and a peace sign! For more information download the project
In a questionnaire among the Peace One Day Global Schools’ Network, more than two-thirds (68%) of responding schools stated that pupils act more peacefully on Peace Day (in comparison to any other school day).
Individual behavioral change is the platform upon which young people play an essential role in a much bigger story of positive progress. Through creative contribution, achievement through teamwork, and community development, young people understand - experientially - what it means to ‘make a difference’.
I'm sure teachers and schools have organized activities on Cyber non-violencethroughout this school year that help raise awareness of Peace Day 21 September and encourage students, parents and other to join the campaign.
Choose to mark the day, this year, one day, before or after, because 21 September is on Saturday whatever the scale of their activity, their commitment matters.
Invite your students to create public or private activities related to peace, and cyber non-violence to help spread the word about Peace Day and/or attend an event in their city or community.
On Peace day I will speak words of love, forgiveness, calm, mutual respect and civility. I pledge not to engage with others online in a way that spreads hate, racism, bullying, ridicule or revenge. #CyberNonViolence #OnlineNonViolence #PeaceDay21.
September 21 is also UN International Day of Peace. Sustainable Development Goal 13 Climate Action is a call for immediate action by all to lower greenhouse emissions, build resilience and improve education on climate change.
Theme 2019:"Climate Action for Peace"
The theme draws attention to the importance of combating climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world.
According to UNFCCC, they are key actors in raising awareness, running educational programmes, promoting sustainable lifestyles, conserving nature, supporting renewable energy, adopting environmentally-friendly practices and implementing adaptation and mitigation projects.