Members of the Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace will commemorate International Day of Peace today with a vigil in Geneseo.

The gathering begins at 4 p.m. at the corner of Main Street and South Street Road (Route 20A).

The International Day of Peace, sometimes officially known as World Peace Day, is a United Nations-sanctioned holiday observed annually on Sept. 21.

“We will remind people that world peace remains a priority for all of us,” said Dr. Arnold Matlin, a founder of Citizens for Peace. “This means working for peace every day of the year, not only on World Peace Day.”

International Day of Peace is intended to promotes global solidarity for building a peaceful and sustainable world.

Every year, the UN suggests a theme for International Day of Peace. This year, the theme is “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world.”

In a resolution declaring the day, the UN noted the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and called upon everyone 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 International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.

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