The International Day of Peace was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982.
It is designed to remind people around the world, regardless of their race, colour, nationality or social class, that peace is the ultimate goal of human society. Anyone is able to make a contribution by simply lighting a candle at noon, or just sitting in silent meditation. Or it can involve getting your co-workers, organisation, community or government engaged in a large event. The impact if millions of people in all parts of the world, coming together for one day of peace, is immense.