HC Deb 17 September 2004 vol 424 cc1838-9W
Mr. Lazarowicz

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage observance of the International Day of Peace declared by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 36/67 of 30 November 1981, with particular reference to observance in the UK. [189143]

Mr. Rammell

The UK supports the initiative for an International Day of Peace, which aims to promote a global ceasefire and non-violence, including by encouraging rebel groups involved in conflict to agree to a cessation of hostilities to allow aid agencies to obtain access to civilians. General Assembly Resolution 36/67 first established an International Day of Peace, and the UK was a co-sponsor of General Assembly Resolution 55/282 of September 2001, which determined that this day would be observed on 21 September. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has provided support to the British NGO, 'Peace One Day', which campaigns to promote observance of this day both in the UK and worldwide.

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