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Fadhil Ahmad Qamar, 11, Indonesia
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The International Day of Peace started 22 years ago. Its purpose, as stated in the original United Nations General Assembly resolution, is:

"[...T]o devote a specific time to concentrate the efforts of the United Nations and its Member States, as well as of the whole of mankind, to promoting the ideals of peace and to giving positive evidence of their commitment to peace in all viable ways... [The International Day of Peace] should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples."

Every year students gather at UN Headquarters in New York to commemorate the International Day of Peace. The theme this year is Peace in Action and will highlight programmes initiated by schools and youth organizations around the world that are helping to build a Culture of Peace.

Messengers of Peace Messages of Peace Webcast

Peace represents the bud that each of us should cultivate and take care of in our souls, to be able to enjoy its fruits in the relationships with the others, in our homes and our countries, every day.

--Luciano Pavarotti,
UN Messenger of Peace

In summer time I like winter time,
In study time I like playing time, In school days I like holidays
But Oh Dear,
Peace I like each and every time

Soumya Shastry, 13, India


Watch a webcast (Archived video) of this year's celebration at the United Nations Headquarters.

Watch previous IDP celebrations at UN Headquarters International Day of Peace 2004

Read more messages from UN Messengers of Peace, who are they? What do they do?

Read more peace messages sent by children and youth from around the world. Send us your message of peace.

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International Day of Peace 2005

UN Observance

Programme of Events

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Messengers of Peace

Peace Song

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