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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: September 6, 2016 04:37 PM
From: Senator Lawrence M. Farnese, Jr. and Sen. Andrew E. Dinniman
To: All Senate members
Subject: International Day of Peace Resolution - September 21, 2016
 
We plan to introduce a resolution honoring the United Nations International Day of Peace, occurring on September 21, 2016.

In 1981, the General Assembly of the United Nations established the International Day of Peace to focus on strengthening peace efforts across the world. In 2001, they voted to make September 21st the day on which Peace Day is celebrated by encouraging a global cease-fire and non-violence. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide and thousands of organizations across the globe now actively observe Peace Day on or around September 21st.

In 2009, the United States Senate expressed support through a resolution to promote the goals and ideals of Peace Day. Those goals and ideals have been reinforced through a wide range of other community activities, including educational discussions and public awareness campaigns, immunization campaigns, art exhibitions, sporting events, and peace walks.

In Pennsylvania, participation in Peace Day activities continues to grow each year, with events taking place from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. Peace Day Philly is one such initiative that encourages and promotes broad-based, meaningful Peace Day participation in the Philadelphia region.

The theme of this year’s International Day of Peace is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.” We encourage you to support the participation in peace and non-violence activities across Pennsylvania by honoring those working to reduce violence and sustain a culture of peace in our communities.

Please join us in co-sponsoring this important resolution.


Introduced as SR428