11 September 2015

United Nations International Peace Day #peaceday

United Nations International Peace Day flock of doves

“Together, as ‘partners for peace’, we can achieve a world of peace, prosperity and dignity for all.” Ban Ki-Moon.

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September.

Declared by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples, we as people of the world are called on to reaffirm our commitment to living in harmony as members of a single human family.

"…let us stand with the millions of people across the world who are suffering the devastating impact of violence and conflict. Let us share ideas and plans for helping and supporting them in their time of dire need." - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace. The work of the UN would not be possible without the initial partnerships that were active in its creation and the thousands of partnerships each year between governments, civil society, the private sector, faith-based groups and other non-governmental organizations that are needed to support the Organization in achieving its future goals.

Join over the millions of people from 200 countries as they unite for peace. From 11am to 3pm at Melbourne City Square, olive trees will line the square where you will be invited to write your messages of peace on shipping tags, which will then adorn the trees. Each tag will be stamped with a unique Peace Duck drawn by Melbourne icon Michael Leunig. The trees will form the beginnings of peace parks to be established in and around Melbourne.

Learn more about the day by visiting United Nations Peace Day. Peace out.

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