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Standing Together for Peace in the Name of the Future

A thematic exhibition "Standing Together for Peace in the Name of the Future", dedicated to the International Day of Peace, is on show in the Official Documents Service Department (room 207) from September 2 to October 12.

This Day was declared by the UN General Assembly (Resolution A/RES/36/67) in 1981 and is celebrated annually on the third Tuesday of September, on the opening day of the regular sessions of the Assembly. Twenty years later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously adopted Resolution A/RES/55/282, which decided that, as of 2002, the International Day of Peace would be observed annually on September 21.

The United Nations has devoted this Day to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among nations and peoples. The Assembly declared that the International Day of Peace would be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, and invited all states and peoples to observe a cessation of hostilities during that day.

The UN uses the International Day of Peace to draw attention to its wide-ranging work in the promotion of peace and encouraging states, international communities and organizations, communities, and individuals around the world to reflect on peace and to share information and practices in pursuit of peace.

The International Day of Peace symbolizes the profound desire of all peoples to live together freely and as equals. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were unanimously adopted by 193 UN member states at the historic Summit of Heads of State held in New York in September 2015. The New 2030 Agenda urges states to begin taking steps to achieve these goals over the next 15 years. The theme of peace runs through all 17 goals, each one of them is a building block of the global peace architecture. The realization of each goal is crucial to peace and world prosperity.

Each Day of Peace is dedicated to a specific theme. The theme for Day 2021 is "Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world." The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of a collective effort to help everyone to recover better and create a more equitable, just, inclusive and sustainable world. On March 23, 2020, the UN Secretary General called on all warring parties to lay down their weapons in support of the battle against COVID-19, the common enemy that is threatening all of humankind. According to the head of the UN, the absurdity of the war became even more evident against the backdrop of the rapidly spreading virus. The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution calling on member states to maintain a “sustained humanitarian pause” in local conflicts. The global ceasefire must continue to be respected to ensure that people caught up in conflict have access to life-saving vaccinations and treatment.

The exhibition presents more than 100 documents in Russian and English. Among them are books, the UN mimeographed materials and periodicals. Most of the exhibition is made up of publications of international organizations (UN, UNESCO, European Union, Council of Europe, etc.)

The exhibition includes the following thematic sections:

  • International legal instruments for the maintenance of peace and security.
  • Peacekeeping operations, peacekeeping and peacebuilding.
  • Disarmament, nuclear disarmament.
  • The fight against terrorism.
  • Human rights and peacekeeping.
  • Democratization and the culture of peace.

The exhibition will be of interest to specialists in the field of world politics, diplomacy, international relations, international law, conflict management, as well as students, undergraduates, political and public figures and everyone who cares about peace on Earth.

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International days on the topic


The opening hours of the exhibition correspond to the library’s opening hours.
Entry is by a library card or by Social and Cultural Center ticket.

For more info: (8 017) 293 27 34.