International Day of Peace

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The International Day of Peace, established by a 1981 United Nations resolution to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly, was inaugurated on the third Tuesday of September 1982. Beginning on the 20th anniversary in 2002, the UN General Assembly set 21 September as the now permanent date for the International Day of Peace.

The International Day of Peace provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of Peace on a shared date. Use the International Day of Peace annually to highlight the Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World, 2001 to 2010. Read more and see how you can get involved with the UN and other groups this year.


Tadatoshi Akiba, the Mayor of Hiroshima, Japan, issued his annual "Peace Declaration" on Hiroshima Day—August 6, 2007.

It begins...

"That fateful summer, 8:15. The roar of a B-29 breaks the morning calm. A parachute opens in the blue sky. Then suddenly, a flash, an enormous blast—silence—hell on Earth."

And it ends...

"Sixty-two years after the atomic bombing, we offer today our heartfelt prayers for the peaceful repose of all its victims and of Iccho Itoh, the mayor of Nagasaki shot down on his way toward nuclear weapons abolition. Let us pledge here and now to take all actions required to bequeath to future generations a nuclear-weapon-free world."

Read the full text (PDF) or watch the video of the mayor delivering the Peace Declaration in English.

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