In 1981 the United Nations unanimously established September 21st as the International Day of Peace.
“Peace Day” gives everyone a specific time to commit to global peace and a chance to contribute to a huge variety of peace initiatives. The theme changes year to year, with the activities focusing on different groups who are suffering due to conflict, discrimination and terror.
In 2013, HI-USA decided to mark the day by organising activities and events for staff and young people who stay in their hostels. They called it Sleep for Peace and its popularity soon saw it become a week long event and a global campaign of Hostelling International.
Sleep for Peace is a time to commit to global peace and a chance to contribute to a huge variety of peace initiatives. Running from 21 – 27 September, Sleep for Peace is a full week devoted to celebrating one of the best parts of hostelling, interacting with new and interesting people!
When young people stay together, they learn from each other, grow to understand the differences between cultures and ultimately become more tolerant and open to people from different backgrounds or life styles.