Along with being designated by the UN as the International Day of Peace, September 21 is also a day of Global Ceasefire. By acknowledging a unified day without violence, a Global Ceasefire can provide hope for citizens who must endure war and conflict; it proves that worldwide peace is possible. A cessation of hostilities for 24 hours can also enable relief workers to reach civilians in need with food, water, and medical supplies.
The importance of a Global Ceasefire has also been stressed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In a speech at the Peace Bell ringing ceremony, he said:
"I call for a day of global ceasefire: A 24-hour respite from the fear and insecurity that plague so many places. I urge all countries and all combatants to honor a cessation of hostilities. I urge them to ponder the high price that we all pay because of conflict. I urge them to vigorously pursue ways to make this temporary ceasefire permanent."
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Resolution UN/A/RES/55/282 states that International Day of Peace is a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, “an invitation to all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the day”. In other words, Peace Day provides an opportunity to cease conflict on a personal, as well as on a global, level.
But do personal ceasefires really have an impact on global peace? There is evidence that our collective consciousness does affect the world around us. There are projects that run random event generators distributed around the world. They show that, as humans become more coherent, it appears that matter does too. What we do as a group of individuals affects the whole.
Of course, one day of ceasefire is only the beginning. The goal is to create lasting peace on all levels – personal, local and global. By showing that 24 hours of non-violence is within our reach, we set an important example. Peace is possible.
What is a personal ceasefire?
On the International Day of Peace the world honors a day of ceasefire and non-violence. This day is working, it allows aid workers to provide needed medical assistance, vaccinations, food supplies, and other important aid.
By supporting the International Day of Peace you are supporting the ceasefire, a day that works.
Pressure your elected government officials to recognize and support the day of Global Ceasefire by following these two easy steps.
1. Find the email address and name of your Congressman, President, Prime Minister, or other government official by clicking the appropriate link:
US Elected Officials: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml
Other World Leaders: Directory link coming soon.
2. Next, copy and paste the following message into an email. After filling in the appropriate blanks, click the send button.
With Resolution UN/A/RES/55/282 of September 7 2001, the UN General Assembly decided that International Day of Peace shall be observed on September 21 each year, rather than on the third Tuesday of September each year. The GA also declared that the International Day of Peace “shall be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the day.”
The Resolution invites all UN Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, regional and non-governmental organizations and individuals to
“…commemorate, in an appropriate manner, the International Day of Peace, including through education and public awareness, and to cooperate with the United Nations in the establishment of the global ceasefire.”
Resolution 55/282 reaffirms the contribution that the observance and celebration of International Day of Peace makes in strengthening the ideals of peace and alleviating tensions and causes of conflict. It also considers the unique opportunity the Day offers for a cessation of violence and conflict throughout the world.
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