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Resources for International Day of Peace

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international peace day fb logoAnswer the call to be peacemakers on 21 September, International Day of Peace with prayer, awareness and reflection.

The United Nationals General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The Day’s theme for 2016 is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”

On 16 September 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., the Secretary-General will celebrate the Day in the Peace Garden at United Nations Headquarters by ringing the Peace Bell and observing a minute of silence. Women Nobel Peace Prize laureates and the United Nations Messengers of Peace will be invited to participate in the ceremony. The United Nations Education Outreach Section will hold a global student videoconference on the same day, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., also at United Nations Headquarters.

Pope Francis has also declared the 20th of September as a Day of Prayer for Peace. This year's theme is "Thirst for peace: faiths and cultures in dialogue". On this day, we pray:

"Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy."

Find out more about this 2016 theme on sustainable development goals and peacemaking from the UN International Day of Peace webpage.

Download the resource, Way of Peace, from the Australian Columbans, a series of 8 discussion and action sheets based on developing a culture of peace and non-violence. 

pdf Download the Prayer Service: International Day of Peace: A Call to be Artisans of Peace (236 KB) .

pdf Download the Artisan of Peace Pledge from Education for Justice and reaffirm peacemaking (80 KB) .