International Day of Peace 2021

November 5-6, 2021 (KST) - November 4-5, 2021 (EST)
Goyang City, Republic of Korea

"Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world"

Organized by
The IDP NGO Committee at the United Nations
The Chicago Build the Peace Committee (Peace Day Chicago)
The Korean Organizing Committee for UN International Day of Peace (Peace Day Korea)
The International Association of Religious Freedom (IARF) Japan Chapter

Zoom Webinar ID : 835 5556 5435


International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Two decades later, in 2001,the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.


The United Nations invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the Day,
and to otherwise commemorate 
the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

2021 Theme: Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world

In 2021, as we heal from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are inspired to think creatively and collectively about how to help everyone recover better, how to build resilience, and how to transform our world into one that is more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier.

     The 2021 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”. We invite you to join the efforts of the United Nations family as we focus on recovering better for a more equitable and peaceful world. Celebrate peace by standing up against acts of hate online and offline, and by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope in the face of the pandemic, and as we recover. To do this, organizers suggest to spread global citizenship education in order to make strong global solidarity as the first step to future.

Secretary General's Message 2021
Goyang City - a 'City of Peace' (Host City)

Keynote Speakers

“Conscience in Action: Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”

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Ms. Kehkashan Basu
Winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize, Ms. Basu is an iconic global influencer, environmentalist, and peace activist. A Forbes 30 Under 30 and the first-ever Winner of the Voices Youth Gorbachev-Schultz Legacy Award. She is a United Nations Human Rights Champion, an UN-Habitat Young City Champion, Co-Leader of the UN Women Generation Equality Forum Action Coalition, and one of Canada's Top 25 Women of Influence. She is a Founder-President of the global social innovation enterprise Green Hope Foundation, which works grassroots in 25 countries. She has also spoken at over 200 United Nations and other global fora across 25 countries. She continues to work to amplify the voices of young people, women, and girls in decision-making processes.

“Japan-Korea Citizen's Dialogue”

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​Rev. Norio Sakai
Rev. Norio Sakai has served as a chairperson of the Japanese Chapter of the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) since 2002. He has served as a member of the International Trustee of the World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP) since 1999. He was chairperson of the Board of Directors of Rissho Kosei-kai from 1996 to 2001. He is committed to peace-making activities through IARF and Religions for Peace (RfP) movements. He encouraged the growth and active involvement of faith-inspired grass-rooted people and business leaders in these movements. He has also contributed to establishing the Association of Parliamentarians to Support the Activities of Religions for Peace International in Japan.

Eminent Guests


Mr. Won-soo Kim

Ban Ki-moon Centre for 

Global Citizens

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Mr. Hyun-mook Lim



Ms. Pat Merryweather-Arges

Director 2022-24
Rotary International

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Ms. Seiko Takase


Association for the Preservation of UN Peace Bell

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Ms. Monica Willard

IDP NGO Committee

at the United Nations

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Master Charles Kim

The Peace School

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Ms. Jennifer Kim

Chicago Build the Peace

(Peace Day Chicago)


Dr. Kathy Matsui

Seisen University


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Korean Organizing Committee for
UN International Day of Peace