SI President’s Message: International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly declared this a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and amongst all nations and peoples.

The UN theme for 2018 is The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70

Watch a video message from SI President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen and join us in a moment of Peace.


Read a statement from António Guterres (UN Secretary-General)

“This year we mark International Day of Peace as we prepare to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This foundational document is a reminder that peace takes root when people are free from hunger, poverty and oppression and can thrive and prosper.

With the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as our guide, we must ensure the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

I encourage you to speak up. For gender equality. For inclusive societies. For climate action.

Do your part at school, at work, at home. Every step counts.

Let us act together to promote and defend human rights for all, in the name of lasting peace for all”.



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  1. Sarah 1 year ago 21st September 2018

    To me the Right to Peace means the right for all to live a life without discrimination, without fear, and to live with dignity – thank you for the message President Mariet

  2. Yolanda G. Delos Santos 1 year ago 21st September 2018

    I pray for genuine peace ,,,for each family,,,for our country ,,,for the whole world,,,God Bless us all


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