UN International Day of Peace –> 21 September


The United Nations – TRANSCEND Media Service

2022 Theme: End Racism–Build Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of nonviolence and cease-fire.

But achieving true peace entails much more than laying down arms.  It requires the building of societies where all members feel that they can flourish. It involves creating a world in which people are treated equally, regardless of their race.

As Secretary-General António Guterres has said:

“Racism continues to poison institutions, social structures, and everyday life in every society. It continues to be a driver of persistent inequality. And it continues to deny people their fundamental human rights. It destabilizes societies, undermines democracies, erodes the legitimacy of governments, and… the linkages between racism and gender inequality are unmistakable.”

As conflicts continue to erupt across the globe, causing people to flee, we have seen race-based discrimination at borders. As COVID-19 keeps attacking our communities, we have seen how certain racial groups have been hit much harder than others. As economies suffer, we have seen hate speech and violence directed at racial minorities.

We all have a role to play in fostering peace. And tackling racism is a crucial way to contribute.

We can work to dismantle the structures that entrench racism in our midst. We can support movements for equality and human rights everywhere. We can speak out against hate speech – both offline and online. We can promote anti-racism through education and reparatory justice.

The 2022 theme for the International Day of Peace is “End racism. Build peace.” We invite you to join the efforts of the United Nations as we work towards a world free of racism and racial discrimination. A world where compassion and empathy overcome suspicion and hatred. A world that we can truly be proud of.

2022 Events

The International Day of Peace will be observed on 16 September 2022 at United Nations Headquarters. The programme will begin with the traditional Peace Bell Ceremony in the Peace Garden at 9:00 a.m. EDT. At that event, the Secretary-General and President of the General Assembly will ring the Peace Bell. Following that, a Youth Observance will be held in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber at 9:30 a.m. EDT, in which more than 500 students will interact with the Secretary-General and high-profile artists and activists. Young people will present projects that illustrate the action they have taken to combat racism and thereby foster peace. Both events will be broadcast live and on demand. See the Programme of the Youth Observance

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2 Responses to “UN International Day of Peace –> 21 September”

  1. The height of hypocrisy, dear Antonio Guterres. You actually admit the United Nations is a TOTAL FAILURE. You say “Racism continues to poison institutions, social structures, and everyday life in every society. You accept that inequality persists and.that people are denied their fundamental human rights.

    But you consciously neglect to say ‘WHAT’ destabilizes societies, undermines democracies, erodes the legitimacy of governments, as you omit to say “WHY” there is a link between racism and gender inequality are unmistakable.

    You lack of memory comes from the fact you trefuse to admit The United Nations is the institution ‘RESPONSIBLE’ for so much evil. And all, simply, because the UN, with its Executive War Committee or Security Council, is determined to ensure the War Industry never collapses and her people.

    This is why this warmongering institution only suggests the non-use of killing toys ONE day per years, but wants military personnel to fight and kill each other for the remaining 364 days of the year.

    Mr Guterres, you’ll be remembered by future generations as the man who promoted, accepted, facilitated negotiations and supervised the efficient destruction of Ukraine.

  2. Dr. Surya Nath Prasad says:

    We must honor and express our gratitude toward late Dr. Young Seek Choue, Founder & Chancellor, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Republic of Korea, and Perpetual-President Emeritus of International Association of University Presidents (IAUP–UN Peace Messenger) for being sole Initiator of UN International Year of Peace (1986) and International Day of Peace (every Year in the third week of September). For more Details, one may refer to my article:

    The Mother of Peace Yet to Be Born
    Surya Nath Prasad, Ph. D. – TRANSCEND Media Service

    Regarding the 2022 theme for the International Day of Peace “End racism. Build peace.”, the readers may refer to my two Keynote Speeches published in Transcend Media Service cited below with their website links:

    Keynote Speech
    Education for Tolerance and Peace
    at the Kerala State Convention of IAEWP on the theme: Education for Tolerance and Peace at Teachers Training Institute, Kannur (Cannanore), Kerala, India on September 07, 1995
    Part – I
    By Surya Nath Prasad, Ph. D. – Transcend Media Service
    Published by Lund University, Malmo, Sweden
    Distributed by US Department of Education, USA
    Available in National Library of Australia to borrow

    Keynote Expert Speech
    Academic Trends in Higher Education for Tolerance
    Expert Speech to the First Academic Symposium held from 9-10 October 2019 at the University of Malta
    Part – II
    By Surya Nath Prasad, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service