The resolution called on all member states of United Nations, regional organizations and non-governmental and individuals to commemorate the day in an appropriate manner, both through education and public awareness in cooperation with the United Nations for global peace.
It is dedicated to peace, particularly in the absence of war, which must be manifested by a ceasefire in war zones. It is observed in many countries since its inception in 1981.
After a campaign by Jeremy Gilley and the organization Peace One Day on September 7, 2001, the General Assembly of the United Nations approved the resolution which states that, since 2002, the International Day of Peace will be celebrated on 21 September each year, and this would become the day of the ceasefire.
Since 2002, the day begins at the UN headquarters in New York with a ceremony attended by the Secretary-General who ring the bell of peace, made from coins donated by children from all continents. It is a gift of the Japanese Association for the United Nations and is intended as a reminder of what the war has cost humanity. It bears the inscription: Long live absolute world peace.
In 2005, a ceremony was held at the Peace Bell at the UN in New York. The observance of World Day for Peace is beginning to be more and more widespread, especially in schools with activities to Peace.
This day should not be confused with the World Peace Day, a day of prayer for peace instituted by Pope Paul VI in 1968 within the Catholic Church and attached to the 1st of January.