September 21: International Day Of Peace 2020

Each year, the International Day of Peace is observed  on September 21. It is also known as the World Peace day.

Key Facts

  • Theme for world peace day 2020 is- “Shaping Peace Together
  • On this day,  the body encourages countries to observe the day by creating an environment of “24 hours of non-violence”.
  • The United Nations invites nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day.
  • The day is also commemorated through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.
  • India also contributes to the world peace by following the path of Mahatma Gandhi.

Significance of the day

This year is significant because the United Nations is focusing on to encourages people in order to celebrate the day by spreading compassion, kindness and hope amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, which  has emerged as a common enemy of the world.

Background

United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) had established the day in 1981. In 2001,  UNGA voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.

United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)

The UNGA is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations (UN). It serves as the main policy-making, deliberative, and representative organ of the United Nations (UN). The body is responsible for UN budget, appointing the non-permanent members to the Security Council, receiving reports from other parts of the UN system, appointing the Secretary-General of the United Nations and making recommendations through resolutions. The body establishes subsidiary organs to advance in its broad mandate. It is the only body of UN where all member states have equal representation. The first session of the body happened on 10 January 1946.