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UN Peace Parliament, 24-26 September 2007

Established by a United Nations resolution in 1981, the International Day of Peace was first celebrated in September 1982.  Since then the United Nations has set 21 September as the permanent date for the peace day’s celebration. 

The inaugural Queensland Youth Peace Parliament was held at Queensland Parliament on 22 September 2006 to raise awareness of the International Day of Peace and to educate students about peace, and their role in democracy.  This was believed to have been the first Youth Peace Parliament held in the southern hemisphere.

In 2007, a Youth Peace Parliament was held in the Legislative Assembly Chamber from 24 – 26 September.  Eighty-nine Youth Members participated in Question time, debates and motions relating to the theme of peace.  The event was organised by the International Day of Peace Association and supported by the Department of Communities and the Queensland Parliament. 

 UN Peace Parliament opening ceremony