2012 International Day of Peace

This year’s International Day of Peace, or “Peace Day”, is on Friday, September 21. Celebrations will be held across the globe over the 2012 Peace Day Weekend as an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and nations to participate in practical acts of peace.

Celebrating Peace Day can be as simple as lighting a candle in commemoration, just sitting in silent meditation, or it can involve your entire community in a large event. The impact if millions of people all over the world celebrating one day of peace is powerful.

Peace Day was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981, and the first Peace Day was celebrated in 1982. In 2002, the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.

By creating the International Day of Peace, the UN devoted itself to worldwide peace and encouraged all of mankind to work in cooperation for this goal.

Check out the International Day of Peace website to learn more about what you can do to create peace in your community. Also check out the Event Calendar, to find out more details about peace events being held in Calgary.

Another way to celebrate peace is to learn more about local peace building initiatives through the YMCA Calgary Peace Medal awards. Each year YMCA Calgary honours local peace builders for the work that they do, by hosting this event. This award serves to create awareness about community needs, and inspires others to get involved.

The nomination deadline for this year’s awards is October 1. If you know of an individual who helps to build peace in their community, nominate them for a 2012 YMCA Calgary Peace Medal today!


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