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International Day of Peace 2005

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for the worldwide observance of a 24-hour cease-fire and day of nonviolence to mark the International Day of Peace on 21 September 2005.

The International Day of Peace was first established in 1981 by a resolution 36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session every September. In 2001 the resolution 55/282 was strengthened to fix the date annually on 21 September and for it to be a day of non-violence and cease-fire. The resolution was adopted unanimously by the Member States of the General Assembly.

This year, the Day was observed at UN Headquarters with the traditional ceremony in which the Secretary-General rings the Japanese Peace Bell. Keeping with past tradition, numerous events and observances are planned around the world by United Nations offices, governmental and non-governmental agencies and civil society and religious groups to promote the ideals of peace and non-violence.

The International Day of Peace followed World Summit at UN headquarters on 14-16 September. During the meeting, heads of state and government discussed strategies linking development, security, human rights and peace into a cohesive framework. It was the largest gathering of world leaders in history.

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