International Day of Peace 2017: Twitter Pours In Messages Promoting World Peace

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International Day of Peace 2017: Twitter Pours In Messages Promoting World Peace

The theme of International Peace Day 2017 is 'Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All'.

International Day of Peace or World Peace Day dedicated to world peace is observed annually on Septemeber 21. The day is observed by many nations, political and military groups. International Day of Peace was first celebrated in 1982 with the theme being ‘Right to peace of people’. The theme of International Peace Day 2017 is ‘Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All’. Various events and activities conducted on this day promote peace. United Nations observe a minute of silence at 12 noon to observe this day. Peace education events, intercultural and interfaith dialogues, meditation and prayer, community gatherings, feats for peace, engaging youth in peace-building activities are some of the workshops that take place across the globe on this day.

According to the United Nations website, ‘Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace’. In commemoration of the annual International Day of Peace and in solidarity with the United Nations, the NGO Pathways To Peace inaugurated the Minute of Silence at 12:00 Noon in each time zone, in 1984 resulting in a ‘Peace Wave’ around the world. Meanwhile, Twitterati is sending peace messages on the social networking site for world peace. Here are some of them:

The theme is based on a global campaign which promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life.

In 2016, the theme of the International Day of Peace was ‘The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace’.

Established in 1981 by United Nations resolution 36/37, the General Assembly has declared this day to ‘commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples’. The Secretary-General marked Peace Day in the Peace Garden at United Nations Headquarters on September 15 by ringing the Japanese Peace Bell and observing a minute of silence.