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Fight for peace and defend it with all might: UN chief
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 23 Sep 2013

The International Day of Peace (IDP) was held globally on September 21. The day has been designated by the UN to promote peace worldwide. On the occasion of IDP-2013, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message stated, ?On this International Day of Peace, let us pledge to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect. Let us invest in the schools and teachers that will build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity. Let us fight for peace and defend it with all our might.'

 Each year, IDP is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has established IDP in 1981 as a day dedicated for strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Consequently, the first Peace Day was observed in September 1982.generally, IDP is observed with one minute silence at mid-noon in various organizations. 

It was in 2001 that the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to include non-violence and cease-fire as a part of IDP. The resolution said, "The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace." 

"This year we are highlighting Education for Peace.  Education is vital for fostering global citizenship and building peaceful societies," added Ban in his IDP message.  

Urging Governments and development partners to get every child in school and learning well, Ban reiterated that there is new momentum for educating children affected by conflict. According to UN, fifty-seven million children are still denied an education and millions more need better schooling. 

"Educating the poorest and most marginalized children will require bold political leadership and increased financial commitment.  Yet aid for education has dropped for the first time in a decade.  We must reverse this decline, forge new partnerships, and bring much greater attention to the quality of education," advised Ban.