In 1981, the United Nations mandated the International Day of Peace as a day of global ceasefire and day to talk about peace. Since 2001, the day has officially become September 21. This site describes possible ways to observe this important day as well as provides information on celebrations around the world.

The United Nations has made Jane Goodall an ambassador for the International Day of Peace. She will be hosting an event at Griffiths Park in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 30. See also www.roots&shoots.org to read about Jane Goodall’s community service and service learning program for the youth of the world.

Create Peace Project is an arts-for-peace 501c3 charitable organization dedicated to spreading peace and strengthening community through collaborative arts workshops and social arts education.   We are committed to the revival of creativity as an essential component to fostering deeper self-awareness, cultivating authenticity and thus creating peace in the lives of all we serve.

Established in 1983, its mission is to help build Cultures of Peace throughout the world by uniting of individuals, organizations, and projects into a cohesive movement to make peace a greater reality for the people of the world. It also promotes participation in the annual Int’l Day of Peace.

In 1999 several Nobel Peace Prize laureates got together and drafted a Peace Manifesto. Their goal was to translate the resolutions of the United Nations into everyday language and to make them relevant to people everywhere. It is an appeal to individual commitment and responsibility. More than 75,000,000 people have signed the Manifesto. Signing on-line is the easiest way to endorse these important principles.

The Peace Alliance is waging a campaign to establish a U.S. Department of Peace in Washington. There is currently a bill before both Houses of Congress to establish this department. A Dept. of Peace will work to teach violence prevention and mediation to school children, rehabilitate the prison population, support our military with complementary approaches to peace building, create and administer a U.S. Peace Academy, acting as a sister organization to the U.S. military academies, and more.

A Peace Pole is a hand-crafted monument that displays the message and prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” on each of its six sides; that message is written in a different language on each side. Peace Poles can be ordered or commissioned by a local artist. There are about 200,000 Peace Poles in 180 nations throughout the world. They are in schools, gardens, communities, places of worship, parks, everywhere people can be reminded of the hope that peace may prevail on earth.

The Peace Abbey in Sherborn, Massachusetts is an interfaith community organization devoted to moving the world toward peace and understanding. It is dedicated to creating innovative models for society that empower individuals on the paths of nonviolence. It serves as a model for religious organizations, communities and individuals seeking nonviolent, pacifist pathways to peace and social justice.

We, The World organization forms international networks for collaboration and action. They sponsor 11 Days of Global Unity September 11 to 21, an annual worldwide promotion of peace and sustainability with over 200 events in more than 60 countries. Their goal is to establish “a new global tradition of mass public involvement and betterment of the world!” Check out and sign their Global Declaration of Interdependence.

Peace x Peace: Connecting women for Peace empowers women as the most effective means to enrich lives locally and promote peace globally. Women’s groups in the US are connected with women’s Circles everywhere in the world – directly via the Internet – for the exchange of information and personal experiences that typically result in mutually supportive actions. It is sponsoring the second annual New Voices @ the Table event on International Women’s Day, March 8 2007. Check out their Peace X Peace video, which focuses on women’s peace activities in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burundi, Afghanistan, Argentina and the United States.

The global movement has created spiritual meditative dances that can be performed by everyone, regardless of ability. These are participatory not performance dances. The original dances were strongly influenced by the Sufi and Zen traditions, but dances drawing on teachings of all main religious and spiritual traditions have been added. Dances drawing on the traditions of indigenous people are also included.

Rhode Island for Community and Justice is a social justice organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism and promoting understanding and respect among all races, religions and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution and education. We are a voice that calls all people to common ground, with respect for differences but with the understanding that people of all backgrounds have common values and needs that unite them. After 9/11, they did an amazing community-wide project in Providence, RI; adults and children throughout RI made wonderful tiles for this incredible Wall of Hope.

The site represents the work of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, author of Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life and founder of Educational Services for the Center for Nonviolent Communication. This remarkable work can be used on all levels, from the personal to the international; Rosenberg has established peace programs in such difficult places as Rwanda, Burundi, Serbia, Croatia and Northern Ireland. NVC, as it is called, has been officially sanctioned by the Israeli government and is offered in schools throughout that country.

The Mission of the Institute for Study and Practice of Nonviolence is to teach by word and example the principles and practices of nonviolence, and to foster community that addresses potentially violent situations with nonviolent solutions. Based on the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Institute seeks to foster the Beloved Community. Its Street Worker program is acknowledged to be a most effective way to work with street gangs.

The American Friends Service Committee is a practical expression of the faith of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Committed to the principles of nonviolence and justice, it seeks in its work and witness to draw on the transforming power of love, human and divine. Thus, the AFSC draws into its work people of many faiths and backgrounds who share the values that animate its life and who bring to it a rich variety of experiences and spiritual insights. We nurture the faith that conflicts can be resolved nonviolently, that enmity can be transformed into friendship, strife into cooperation, poverty into well-being, and injustice into dignity and participation. We believe that ultimately goodness can prevail over evil, and oppression in all its many forms can give way.

The Peace Company (Great Peace Give-Away Campaign of A Million Pieces) Founded by Louise Diamond in 2000, she wanted to create a business that would foster peace building, by selling products that would help people create more peace in the world. The main product is The Peace Book: 108 Simple Ways to Make a More Peaceful World. You can participate in The Great Peace Give-Away by purchasing one or more boxes of The Peace Book (20 copies for $90) and give the books away between the International Day of Peace and the holiday season. What a glorious vision!

The Public Conversations Project promotes constructive conversations and relationships among those having differing values and world views.

The Universal Flag intends to build a far-reaching organization to work with people of every nation to honorable profits and experience abundance while serving others. They have designed a Universal Flag.

Peace One Day began with a video to raise global awareness of the International Day of Peace on September 21 annually. The hope is to engage all sectors of society – governmental and nongovernmental – as well as individuals in observing this day of World Peace.