Each year the United Nations International Day of Peace is observed around the world on the 21 September. In 1981 the UN General Assembly declared this a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, within and among all nations and peoples. The first observance was held in 1982. For 2021 the theme is Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world.

Here are some activities that you may wish to join:

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in association with ELC are screening the award winning film ‘Objector’, which follows the journey of a young Israeli woman who refuses to perform her military service obligations with the Israeli Defence Forces due to her concerns for Palestinians’  human rights.

The film will be shown at the ELC, Christ Church – Wayville Uniting Church on the evening of 30 September: full details are provided in the flyer and you can Book Here.  

The Sydney Peace & Justice Coalition invites you to join ‘Raising Peace’, a festival of over 30 organisations devoted to the pursuit of PEACE. It will be held online from 16 – 26 September as part of the world-wide observance of International Day of Peace.

Some 33 events will be featured, exploring the significance peace has to First Nations people, women, youth, refugees and the environment. It will look at the different ways of defining and understand peace. It will equip participants with inspiration and ideas to make their own contribution to peace. Participation is free.

See the full program of individual events at Raising Peace

Wear a blue scarf! The “Border-free Blue Scarves project was founded by the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Afghanistan. The blue scarf “represents our collective wish as a human family to live without wars, to share our resources and to take care of our earth under the same blue sky.” Following the lead of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, World BEYOND War encourages everyone to wear sky blue scarves as symbols of peace and support for ending all wars — especially on 21 September.