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Int’l Day of Peace today

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 21 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Int’l Day of Peace today

International Day of Peace will be observed today in Bangladesh and elsewhere across the globe to celebrate the power of global solidarity for building a peaceful and sustainable world.

The day also recognises the efforts of those who worked hard to end the conflicts and promote peace in the world.

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly and was first celebrated in the year 1982 on the third Tuesday of September. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate September 21 as the International Day of Peace as a period of non-violence and ceasefire. To observe the day, annually, the United Nations Peace Bell is rung at UN Headquarters. The bell is made from coins donated by children from all continents except Africa. Also, it was a gift from the United Nations Association of Japan as ‘a reminder of the human cost of war’.

The theme of this year’s International Day of Peace is, “Recovering Better for an Equitable and Sustainable World”.

Encouraging people to stay focused on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the website of UN reads, “This year, it has been clearer than ever that we are not each other’s enemies. Rather, our common enemy is a tireless virus that threatens our health, security and very way of life. COVID-19 has thrown our world into turmoil and forcibly reminded us that what happens in one part of the planet can impact people everywhere.”