International Day of Peace

EIL Peace Messenger Cert 1989

Its International Day of Peace this Sunday the 21st of September!

We at EIL, as a UN Peacemessanger, are getting ready to take action this weekend!

We all have a right to peace so share a selfie on social media using the #PeaceDay hashtag!

International Day of Peace was first celebrated in 1982, and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace.


 International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by resolution 36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982.

In 2001, the General Assembly by unanimous vote adopted resolution 55/282 , which established 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire.

The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

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We share in the global fight to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. Help us to stop hunger so we can start peace.

The International Day of Peace was created by the UN, it is a global observance by hundreds of millions people and thousands of organizations each year on September 21st. The music and images in this video are entertaining, and the message provides a sense of hope.



Good morning! Today is the International Day of Peace or #PeaceDay as we like to call it... Tell us what you are up to today. We are thriving for #PeaceDay365... #PeaceHug to All!

Posted by International Day of Peace on Monday, September 21, 2015


The International Day of Peace is Sept. 21. Tell the world you support #peace by posting on the #PeaceDay hashtag!

Posted by International Day of Peace on Sunday, September 20, 2015

 International Day of Peace

The History

EIL was first established in 1932 and is the oldest educational exchange organisation in the world. In 1989 the EIL International Federation was designated as a Peace Messenger Organisation by The Secretary General of the United Nations in recognition of its work. The EIL Network also has consultative Status at the Council of Europe and at The Economic and Social Council of The United Nations.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. It also marks the 50th Anniversary of EIL Intercultural Learning and to celebrate this joint Anniversary, a special award has been included in this year’s Travel Award programme.

Martin Luther King Travel Award

To commemorate the boundless passion and activism displayed by Martin Luther King Jr., we would like to send one young person (16-18 years) to the Vermont Governor’s Institute, the winner of this precocious award was Daniel Zagórski 

 Peace and EIL

EIL Vermont Travel Award 2013 winners Rachael and Alison with Jody Williams - Nobel Peace Prize Laureate - an activist for international human rights pose for a photo after giving a talk at the Governor's Institute in Vermont. For full story on what happened go to World Learning's page here.

Irish Second-Level Students Union - ISSU Executive member & EIL Vermont Travel Award 2013 winner Declan Burgess met with the inspiring, Malala Yousafzai, who was awarded with the Tipperary Peace Prize.

Malala survived an attempt on her life in Pakistan by the Taliban late last year as she spoke out about the right for all people to be educated. She has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts.

Malala is known for her education and women's rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school.
In October 2012, she was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus.


Peace is our hands and if you would like to find out more about the work EIL and its participants have done you can read more here.