In 2005, the World Council of Churches joins for the second time the UN International Day of Peace by inviting congregations worldwide to pray for peace - possibly using the same prayers - in all participating churches on September 21 or the Sunday preceding it. Read the WCC General Secretary's letter to the Member Churches. When Dr. Sam Kobia, (General Secretary of the WCC) met in May 2004 with United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan to discuss the role of the churches in peacemaking, Annan affirmed the proposed observance this year of September 21. Read the press release...
1981 the United Nations General Assembly passed resolution 36/67 declaring an International Day of Peace. In 2001, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a new resolution 55/282 declaring 21 September of each year as the International Day of Peace. The intention of the resolution is to have the entire world observe a day of peace and nonviolence. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has asked all United Nations departments and agencies to expand their observance this year, extending a special invitation to civil society as well. International Day of Peace
The United Nations conducts a 24-hour Vigil at its New York Meditation Center on the 21st of September 2005. The goal of the International Day of Peace Vigil is
"to encourage worldwide, 24-hour spiritual observations for peace and nonviolence on the International Day of Peace, September 21st in every house of worship and place of spiritual practice, by all religious and spiritually based groups and individuals, and by all men, women and children who seek peace in the world."
Look up their website for more information and to register your commitment:
Hardcopies of the brochure are available on request from the DOV office.