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United Nations International Day of Peace

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

This is a time for humanity to come together, in spirit and in action, to forward the ideals of and conditions for peace. This day is observed by hundreds of millions of global citizens in cities, towns, and villages–including Grand Rapids.

In Grand Rapids, we express our unity by welcoming interfaith peacemakers and peace pray-ers to Marywood.

Please join us:

Sunday, September 23, 2018
1:00-2:00 Peace Walk through St. Francis Sculpture Garden
2:00 – 3:00 pm Interfaith Peace Service, Dominican Chapel at Marywood
2025 Fulton Street East, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

A peaceful society is one where there is justice and equality for everyone. Peace will enable a sustainable environment to take shape and a sustainable environment will help promote peace. This year, the theme — “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70” –celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. The Universal Declaration – the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages – is as relevant today as it was on the day that it was adopted.

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Peace Service Sponsored by:  Institute for Global Education, Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids, Instruments of Hope

It is time all nations and all people live up to the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race. This year marks the 70th anniversary of that landmark document. — Secretary-General António Guterres