World Understanding and Peace Day is an international holiday celebrating the creation of a united society that supports peace in the world. On this day, various charity events are held, lectures are organized at universities, and forward-looking programs are developed to solve problematic issues in a peaceful way. It is celebrated annually on February 23.
We have the Rotary International Association to thank for establishing the holiday. It was organized on February 23, 1905, when the first meeting was held. Since then, this date has been chosen for the celebration.
The celebration of World Understanding and Peace Day is inextricably linked to the history of RI, which begins with a lawyer named Paul Percy Harris. One day he decided to meet his entrepreneur friends in Chicago. He proposed the creation of a single society of businessmen, which would deal not only with the development of entrepreneurship, but also with important social issues. The idea soon became widespread. Today there are already Rotary Clubs all over the world that bring together representatives of this association.
The RI Association pays great attention to cooperation with the UN on humanitarian and other issues.
The celebration of the day is aimed at finding solutions to problems in many areas: child health, maternity issues, environmental protection, solving problems with world hunger, and more.
- The Association has signed agreements with the world’s best universities, on the basis of which there are research centers.
- Thanks to Rotary International, a graduate program on conflict resolution and just peace was created. Each year, 75 fellows are selected for the program.
- RI’s motto is Service above self.
How to celebrate
Take part in various events and programs sponsored by the RI Association. Volunteer for a day or do charity work. Do your part for the betterment of society!
Spread the word on social media. Ask other users how familiar they are with the organization.
When is World Understanding and Peace Day celebrated in 2024?
World Understanding and Peace Day is observed on February 23 each year.