Did you know that September 21st is International Peace Day, also sometimes referred to as World Peace Day?  

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly for  "commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace within and among all nations and people," and to coincide with its opening session every September. In 2001 the General Assembly voted unanimously that September 21st be observed each year as a day of non-violence and cease-fire. 

Each year on this day groups and organizations around the world participate in events dedicated to peace. A peace bell is rung at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.  This bell is cast from coins donated by children from all around the world and was a gift from Japan. There is an inscription on the side of the bell which states: "Long live absolute world peace."

This year Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging governments and citizens to focus on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. For 100 days prior to September 21st the UN has been raising awareness about the dangers and costs of nuclear weapons with a campaign entitled:  "We Must Disarm". 

UN Messenger of Peace, actor Michael Douglas, who has rallied for disarmament for the United Nations since 1998, and actor Rainn Wilson, featured in the TV series The Office and formerly Six Feet Under have joined Secretary General in promoting this cause.  You can sign a petition for this at: http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/2009/

In this motivational moment, from the Salt Lake City Peace Garden, Dr. Mitzi explores the concept of peace and suggests ways that we can each be proactive in creating a more peace-filled world.