African Union Day of Peace
African leaders declared 2010 the Year of Peace and Security in Africa, culminating with a celebration on September 21 as part of the International Day of Peace. Established by a U.N. resolution in 1982, the Day of Peace provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to perform acts of peace on a shared date, according to the organization.
The African Union is taking part in the festivities in hopes of ending hostilities in conflict zones so humanitarian aid can safely reach the needy living in those areas, reported news website www.allAfrica.com. “Peace Day aims at putting peace in practice, through a collective, cooperative moment of unity,” said Jean Ping, chairperson of the African Union Commission. “The goal is to demystify peace-building and to portray it as the responsibility of all communities and all individuals.”