In 2018, members of YIDL and the SSMWPC celebrated the International Day of Peace across five continents. In New York, representatives of YIDL and the SSMWPC joined with the International Day of Yoga Committee at the UN to commemorate the International Day of Peace in the Tillman Chapel. On a global scale, YIDL centers organized a wide range of programs (peace prayers, free indoor/outdoor yoga classes, meditations for world peace, public lectures and cultural programs) to celebrate the International Day of Peace, honoring its significance.
— A conference organized by the Sri Swami Madhavananda World Peace Council (SSMWPC)
7 March 2018, United Nations, New York
The conference titled Yoga and World Peace and organized by the SSMWPC, a philanthropic NGO in special consultative status with the UN ECOSOC, marked the 15th anniversary of Paramhans Swami Madhavananda’s Mahasamadhi (final liberation) in recognition of the fact that Holy Guruji’s entire life was an epitome of love and of universal peace - the notion that instigated the establishment of the United Nations.
Sri Swami Madhavananda World Peace Council announces that on March 7, 2018, a World Peace Council Conference will take place on the topic 'Yoga and World Peace'. The conference has been organized by Sri Swami Madhavananda World Peace Council (SSMWPC), in cooperation with the International Day of Yoga Committee at the United Nations, and United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNSRC) / Enlightenment Society (SEAT).
In 2010, the first two Carinthian Peace Trees of Vishwaguruji Swami Maheshwarananda, founder of Yoga in Daily Life, were planted in Klagenfurt and Villach, to mark the occasion of 35 years of Yoga in Daily Life in Carinthia. On 7 October 2017, in the presence of representatives of the city of Villach, another living tree, in the Walther von der Vogelweide Park, became a Peace Tree in the hope of inspiring peace on Earth.
Worldwide, 21 September 2017
The International Day of Peace has been observed by member states of the United Nations since 1981. With the declaration of the observance, the UN’s original aim was to contribute to the ideal of peace and to alleviate the tensions and causes of conflict, both within and between nations and peoples.