Secretary-General’s Message for the International Day of Peace

This year we mark International Day of Peace as we prepare to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.This foundational document is a reminder that peace takes root when people are free from hunger, This year we mark International Day of Peace as we prepare to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.poverty and oppression and can thrive and prosper.
With the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as our guide, we must ensure the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
I encourage you to speak up. For gender equality.  For inclusive societies.  For climate action.
Do your part at school, at work, at home. Every step counts.
Let us act together to promote and defend human rights for all, in the name of lasting peace for all.

António Guterres


On 21 September 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., the Secretary-General will celebrate the Day in the Peace Garden at United Nations Headquarters by ringing the Peace Bell and observing a minute of silence. United Nations Messengers of Peace will participate in the ceremony.
Many other communities observe Peace Day with a moment of silence at 12:00 noon.
The United Nations website suggests that you can also support this observance by seeking  peaceful resolution of conflict when disagreements arise around you.  You can be part of the solution by taking small steps. You can prevent an injustice at school or in your community by adopting a non-violent approach to problem solving and reporting potential crimes, including online bullying.
You can engage by speaking up when others are at risk and stand with others’ human rights at work, at school and around the dinner table.
You can reflect how each of us can stand up for rights every day.
You can attend one of these local Peace Week events.

Human rights are everyone’s rights.

International Peace Day,
September 21, 2018

Celebrate Peace Day by attending a Peace Week Event

Select an event in the list below to get more information.  Select a location to get a map.

Celebrating a Decade of Friendly Persuasion at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of Delaware(OLLI)
– 09/21/2018 at 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Visit Friday Prayer Service at the Muslim Center of Wilmington at Muslim Center of Wilmington
– 09/21/2018 at 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
BBQ to Celebrate the S.U.N. 5th Anniversary at Praying Ground Community Church
– 09/21/2018 at 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Six Principles of Non-Violence at Academy for Peace
– 09/21/2018 at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Coffee for Peace at St. Stephen’s Lutheran
– 09/21/2018 at 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Silent Worship for Peace at Camden Friends Meeting
– 09/21/2018 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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