International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace
The International Day of Peace was established during the 1981 General Assembly of the United Nations and first observed in 1982. It is a day observed around the world on 21st of September, with a focus to strengthen the ideals of peace. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honor a pause of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on the issues related to peace.

Peace is defined as an occurrence of harmony characterized by lack of violence, conflict behaviors and the freedom from fear of violence. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility and retribution, peace also suggests sincere attempts at reconciliation, the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all.

We would like to encourage our host companies to honor this international day with your staff with a Pause for Peace. This can be as simple as a moment of silent with the rest of the world for one minute at noon or during a pre-shift meeting or by lighting a candle for countries where peace is in question. Another way to promote this day is to learn about its history.

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