The United Nations General Assembly declared International Day of Peace on September 21, devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace. The day is celebrated by observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire throughout the globe.

This year’s theme

The theme for International Peace Day 2021 is ‘Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world’. The theme has been chosen as the world heals from the COVID-19 pandemic, to inspire people to think creatively and collectively about how to help everyone recover better, how to build resilience, and how to transform our world into one that is more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier.

On its website, the UN mentioned that by April 2021, over 687 million COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered globally but over 100 countries had not received a single dose of the vaccines. This was mostly due to people being caught in conflict about the effectiveness of the vaccine, and mostly due to lack of access to healthcare.

COVID-19, the common enemy

In February 2021, the UN’s security Council had unanimously appealed for a global cease-fire and called for member states to support a ‘sustained humanitarian pause’ to local conflicts, to ensure people get inoculated and have easy access to healthcare. Calling the virus, the ‘common’ enemy, member nations decided to support the cause.

The day is also observed to make peace with nature and to bring to center-stage, the problem of Climate change that has not paused, despite nations coming to a halt due to the pandemic. It further stresses on the need for green and sustainable economies that produce jobs, reduce emissions and build resilience to such climate impacts.

Here’s how the International Day of Peace is being observed across the globe

Netizens share their preparations ahead of the event, upcoming programs and wishes to mark celebration of peace and harmony across the world.

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The International Day of peace, although established in 1981 by the UN General Assembly, it was not until 2001, that member nations unanimously voted to designate the day as a period of non-violence.

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