Today, 21 September, is the International Day of Peace. The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.
The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.
Follow this link for more information on the International Day of Peace.
UN & UNESCO messages
"The people of the world have asked us to shine a light on a future of promise and opportunity. Member States have responded with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development... It is an agenda for people, to end poverty in all its forms. An agenda for the planet, our common home. An agenda for shared prosperity, peace and partnership." ~ UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. Read the full message here.
"The 2030 Agenda states that “there can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development”. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals set forth a new transformative vision of how to build peace -- where UNESCO playing a key role at every level, to strengthen, in the words of SDG 16, “peaceful, just and inclusive societies,” on the basis of good governance, inclusive institutions, accountability and justice for all."
Excerpt from DG of UNESCO Ms Bokova's Message on the occasion of the International Day of Peace. For the full message, please refer to this page on UNESCO's website.