International Day of Peace Date in the current year: September 21, 2016

International Day of Peace International Day of Peace is one of the observances, established by the UN General Assembly. This international day is observed annually on September 21.

International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day, was established in 1981, when the UN General Assembly declared its resolution, sponsored by the United Kingdom and Costa Rica. Originally this day was observed on the third Tuesday of September, that is the regular opening day of the annual sessions of the General Assembly.

The date of the observance was moved in 2001 and scheduled to September 12 to commemorate the events in New York and Washington, D.C. However, the observance was given a fixed calendar date, that is September 21 and the corresponding resolution was adopted.

Observation of International Day of Peace is kept by many nations, military groups and people by a ceasefire in a combat zones and giving civilians opportunity to access the humanitarian aid. Every year the United Nations Peace Bell is rung to open this day. The bell was cast from the coins donated by children from all continents, except Africa, in Japan and given to the USA as a reminder of human cost of war.

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