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September 21

Peace is more than the absence of war. It is a state of being in balance and harmony. Peace is about how we handle problems and how we get along with others. Peace is about community--about encouraging and helping each other to live better, more fulfilling lives. Most of all, peace is about respect -- respect for ourselves, each other, and the planet we share. Peace is an ongoing process that requires our constant attention, but we begin to make our lives more peaceful the moment we decide to try to be peacemakers. When we convince the world to make working for a more peaceful, just and sustainable world our priority, we will create a culture of peace, and living peacefully will become the most natural way to live.

The International Day of Peace, also known as Peace Day, is a celebration of our shared wish for a better world. It is an opportunity to look at the things that have been done over the year to help create a more peaceful, just and sustainable world, and to note the things that still need to be done. It's a time to rededicate our commitment to a more peaceful planet.

Peace Day is also an opportunity to spread hope for our wish to live in a world without war. All of the nations of the world agreed to the United Nations' call to create a global ceasefire on Peace Day. You can help create humanity's first day of peace. If we can live in peace for one day, we can learn to work together to create a peaceful world, one day at a time.

What can you do to help create humanity's first day of peace on Peace Day?

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DO ONE THING for a Better World

1. Do something for peace every day

2. Participate in a peace vigil, Peace Pole planting, community service project or other event on the International Day of Peace to let the world know that you want to live in a world of peace.

3. Distribute Do One Thing Cards to spread the message that Together We Make a World of Difference!

4. Create a "Do One Thing on Peace Day" 30 sec - 1 minute video - Win prizes

5. Support organizations working for a culture of peace

6. Ask your Mayor to declare a proclamation for Peace Day


Sample Proclamation (PDF) (Doc)
Culture of Peace Initiative | 11 Days of Global Unity
IDP Vigil | Peace One Day | People For Peace
Pinwheels For Peace | Service For Peace
United Religions Initiative | World Peace Prayer Society
PEACE DAY PICTURE BOOK - Available in 15 languages!
International Day of Peace NGO Committee at the United Nations
United Nations Peace Day site

American Friends Service Committee
The Carter Center
Coalition for Peace Action
Hague Appeal for Peace
Institute for Peace & Justice
International Peace Bureau
Peace Action
Peace Brigades International
Peace Tax Fund
UNESCO Culture of Peace Website
United For Peace

Veterans for Peace
Volunteers for Peace

Peace Quotes
Culture of Peace Quotes

Peace Day

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Peace Day - September 21

Jane Addams

Mahnaz Afkhami

Kofi Annan

Oscar Arias

Edward Asner

Joan Baez

Ban Ki-moon

Menachem Begin

Daniel Berrigan

Daniel Berrigan (2)

Benazir Bhutto


Blasé Bonpane

Elise Boulding

Charlotte Bunch

Ralph Bunche

Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara

Rachel Carson

Jimmy Carter

Jackie Chan

Cesar Chavez

Anwarul Chowdhury

George Clooney

John Conyers

Elvis Costello

Norman Cousins

Jacques Cousteau

Walter Cronkite

Sheryl Crow

Dalai Lama

Ossie Davis

Steve Diamond

Michael Douglas

Naomi Drew

Bob Dylan

Albert Einstein

Dwight Eisenhower

Scilla Elworthy

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ben Franklin

Marian Franz

R. Buckmister Fuller

Arun Gandhi

Mohandas Gandhi

Akbar Ganji

Danny Glover

Masahisa Goi

Jane Goodall

Mikhail Gorbachev

Dag Hammarskj

Thich Nhat Hanh

Hazel Henderson

Jimi Hendrix

Félix Houphouët-Boigny

Barbara Marx Hubbard

John Hume

Hubert Humphrey

King Hussein of Jordan

Robert Maynard Hutchins

Aldous Huxley

Daisaku Ikeda

Iccho Itoh

Jesse Jackson

Helen Keller

John F. Kennedy

Irene Khan

Nicole Kidman

Craig Kielburger

Coretta Scott King

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kätthe Kollwitz

Lenny Kravitz

Dennis Kucinich

Jessica Lange

Avril Lavigne

Jude Law

John Lennon

Annie Lennox

Abraham Lincoln

Hilda Lini

Chief Oren Lyons

Graca Machel-Mandela


Mairead Corrigan Maguire

General George Marshall

Federico Mayor

Paul McCartney

John McConnell

George McGovern

Margaret Mead

Rigoberta Menchu Tum

Thomas Merton

Jill Jackson Miller


Maria Montessori

Robert Muller

A. J. Muste

Holly Near

Phil Ochs

Edward James Olmos

Dolly Parton

Linus Pauling

Peace Pilgrim

Javier Perez de Cuellar

Joaquin Phoenix

Natalie Portman

Betty Reardon

Robert Redford

Debbie Robins

Archbishop Oscar Romero

Eleanor Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Arundhati Roy

Bertrand Russell

Carlos Santana

Albert Schweitzer

Barbara Simmons

Pauline Tangiora

Mother Teresa

Leo Tolstoy

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Peter Ustinov

Cora Weiss

E. B. White

Walt Whitman

Elie Wiesel

Betty Williams

Marianne Williamson

Stevie Wonder

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