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What is the International Day of Peace?

The International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations in 1981. Each year it is observed by churches and other faith communities, individuals, schools and governments around the world as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people, and as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire. On the day, the United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities, and to commemorate the moment through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

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In 2004, the then World Council of Churches General Secretary, Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, proposed 21 September as the International Day of Prayer for Peace, and invited member churches to mark that day with a special service. Churches across Australia mark the day each year. The International Day of Peace is an opportunity for us to get the issue of aid and peace on the Australian national agenda. By taking action on this day, your voice will join with millions of others in Australia and across the world. Together we can break the cycle of conflict and poverty – for good.

More ways to take action

You can help prevent children like Maala being born with chronic illnesses by helping pregnant women stay healthy and nourished in the first place.

Take the Act for Peace Ration Challenge and eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee during Refugee Week (19-26 June 2016). Raise money to support refugees who have lost everything, and challenge perspectives – including your own.

Right now, thousands of innocent people are fleeing Syria every day to protect their families from bloodshed, violence and death. We need your support to provide emergency relief packs to the families fleeing in Syria.