Every year, on the 21st of September, the International Day of Peace is observed. Established by the UN in 1981, the yearly observance is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
To inaugurate the day, the United Nations Peace Bell is rung by the Secretary-General at the UN Headquarters in New York. The bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents except Africa, and was a gift from the United Nations Association of Japan, as “a reminder of the human cost of war”; the inscription on its side reads, “Long live absolute world peace”.
You can find out more about the International Day of Peace here.
UN Sustainable Goals
In September 2015, the UN announced a set of 17 “Global Goals” along with a number of targets to reach by 2030. Our short-term and long-term projects link up to many of these goals. As an organisation, our mission and values strongly align with Goal 16 for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions and we look forward to playing a small part in helping to achieve these goals in the years to come.
Peacemaking is not an optional extra and it is highlighted specifically within the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a necessary means to enable governments, civil society and communities to work together to find lasting solutions to the many forms of violence that exist in the world today.
With your support, we can continue to get the attention of local figures who can help us to influence the change that is needed.