International Day of Peace - 21 September

Millions of people, including IANSA members, all over the world marked the International Day of Peace on 21 September. Some of the activities organised by IANSA members are listed below:

  • Control Arms Foundation of India hosted a conference on women, peace and disarmament in  New Delhi, to honour women-led initiatives for peace and humanitarian disarmament efforts in India. It was organised in cooperation with Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network, Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP) and the United Nations Information Centre. The participants also discussed efforts to achieve a strong Arms Trade Treaty by 2012.
  • In Lebanon, the Permanent Peace Movement (PPM) organised a conference in Beyt el Tabib in partnership with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Zivik and Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC). The Ministry of Displaced was present at the event, along with more than 250 students from Lebanese schools who celebrated peace with dance, theatre and music that promoted a culture of reconciliation, tolerance and peace. A documentary about small arms produced by PPM was shown for the first time during this conference.

  • In Argentina, 'Peace Day this year coincided with Social Media Week, which is held from 19 to 23 September in Buenos Aires. Association for Public Policy (APP) has opened a space for communication, collaboration and learning about how to use web-based social media tools to combat violence and discrimination against women. In one of the events, Maria Pia Devoto of APP moderated a panel debate where three women shared their experiences with using social media for equality and peace.          More

This day was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982. In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.