Origins of 11 Days of Global Unity
Since 1981 the UN celebrated the International Day of Peace on the opening day of each new General Assembly Session in September. In 2001 that Session was scheduled for September 11th. So that year the International Day of Peace actually coincided with the tragedy of 9/11. A U.N. resolution permanently placing the International Day of Peace on September 21st went into effect in 2002.
In 2004 We, The World brought together global partners to launch 11 Days of Global Unity September 11-21 symbolically marking that transformative global journey from fear (Sept 11) to hope (Sept 21). Since then, 11 Days has become a worldwide platform for changemakers with 11 Campaigns for the promotion of peace, justice, sustainability and transformation. Participants have included: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Daniel Ellsberg, Hazel Henderson, Bill McKibben, Eve Ensler, Ralph Nader, Vandana Shiva, Arun Gandhi, and many others.