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International Day of Peace Celebrated in Every Country
an article by David Adams

This year, for the first time it seems, the International Day of Peace, September 21, was celebrated in every country on the planet. Partly it is due to better organizing, but perhaps it also represents an increased global demand for peace.

Although it is too early to have all the returns, plans were made in every country according to the British website It is very impressive to see their web page with every country of the world listed and a link to something planned in that country.

In smaller countries there was often only a single event, but in large countries, there are many events listed such as about 300 in the United States.

As pointed out on another website,, this means that the global movement for a culture of peace is alive and well. This website lists many ways that the day is being celebrated, including, for example, by official proclamations by mayors and governors. The site carries copies of the 2006 proclamations by the governors of Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, as well as by mayors of many cities, including Austin, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Eugene, and St. Paul.

Too bad the commercial media has not yet caught on. Maybe next year we can call it to their attention.


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Latest reader comment:

It is difficult to find extensive listings of the many events celebrating the International Day of Peace around the world.  An exception is the United Religions Initiative which lists events for the IDP 2014 by their affiliates in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bulgaria, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, United States and the Philippines.

This report was posted on September 26, 2006.