First Deputy Secretary General – Head of the General Secretariat of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly, Chairman of the Council of the Assembly of peoples of Russia Svetlana Smirnova welcomed the participants of the annual event of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly dedicated to the International Day of Peace.
Svetlana Smirnova told about the history of the holiday and the annual participation of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly in it:
- Every year on September 21, the international community celebrates the International Day of Peace. This day was declared by the UN General Assembly as a day to strengthen the ideals of peace among all countries and peoples, both at the national and international levels. The International Day of Peace was established by the General Assembly in 1981. Twenty years later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously decided to mark the Day of Peace every year as a day of non-violence and a day of ceasefire.
The United Nations calls on all countries and peoples to welcome the cessation of hostilities during the International Day of Peace. Also it calls on to hold various celebrations of the International Day of Peace in the format of education and public awareness of peace-related issues.
The International Union of non-governmental organizations “Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly” joins this action every year. For the third year, we have been holding international events dedicated to the International Day of Peace on September 21.