International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace is designated by the UN as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The global URI community comes together to celebrate this occasion in many ways every year.

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Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981, the International Day of Peace – or “Peace Day” – was declared as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. URI has been a proud partner of International Day of Peace since our network's inception in 2000.

This year’s International Day of Peace theme is "Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All," marked by various activities and events ranging from peace walks to concerts, as well as art showcases, community outreach and peace education programs.

“In times of insecurity, communities that look different become convenient scapegoats,” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. “We must resist cynical efforts to divide communities and portray neighbors as ‘the other’. Discrimination diminishes us all. It prevents people — and societies — from achieving their full potential.”

He added, “Together, let us stand up against bigotry and for human rights. Together, let us build bridges. Together, let us transform fear into hope.”

CC Para el Dialogo celebrates IDP 2016

Para el Dialogo CC celebrates IDP 2016.

Goias CC celebrates IDP 2016

Goias CC celebrates IDP 2016.

Karickam International School CC celebrates IDP 2016

Karickam International School CC celebrates IDP 2016.

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URI in Pakistan celebrates IDP 2016.

URI in Pakistan celebrates IDP 2016.

Trust WIN CC in Israel celebrates IDP 2016

Trust WIN CC in Israel celebrates IDP 2016.

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Volunteering For Peace CC celebrates IDP 2016 with children in Gaza

Volunteering For Peace CC celebrates IDP 2016 with children in Gaza.