Making history in the United Nations: The General Assembly adopts a Declaration on the Right to peace promoted by civil society organizations

On 19 December 2016, the plenary of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) ratified by a majority of its Member States the Declaration on the Right to Peace as previously adopted by the UNGA Third Committee on 18 November 2016 in New York and the Human Rights Council (HRC) on 1 July 2016 in Geneva.

A schoolgirl takes part Saturday in a session of the Uruguayan parliament, which was packed with some 160 children and teens from around the country who debated and approved a declaration for world peace, as part of the Universal Children's Day observance this Sunday. (Photo: EFE/Maria Eugenia Fernandez)

Uruguayan youngsters approve peace declaration in parliament

The Uruguayan parliament was packed with some 160 children and teens from around the country who debated and approved a declaration for world peace as part of the Universal Children’s Day observance. “‘Education for Peace’ was the message to parliament, where the youngsters had two days to analyze, reflect upon and discuss the current state of world peace,” said Nicolas Pons, secretary general of the Uruguayan National Commission of UNESCO.