By Tang Danlu
BEIJING, Sept. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- Events to mark the International Day of Peace and a forum on regional peace and development will begin on Friday in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province.
Themed "Education for Peace and Cooperation for Win-win", a series of activities will be held from September 20 to 22, aiming to strengthen people-to-people pragmatic cooperation and to push for friendship between China and the South Asian nations.
The three-day event will also include several sub-forums on the peaceful development of China and South Asia and other hot issues, a high-level dialogue and other commemorative activities.
Senior officials and experts from China, the South Asian nations and other areas will attend the celebrations.
The events are being jointly held by the United Nations System in China, the Chinese People's Association for Peace and Disarmament and the Yunnan provincial government.
The International Day of Peace was first established by the UN General Assembly in 1981 as an opportunity for people around the world to promote peace and cessation of hostilities in the conflict regions.
In 2002, the UN General Assembly officially declared Sept. 21 the Day's permanent date.