Closing of the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. (Photo: UN Women/ Ryan Brown)

‘If We are Serious About Peace and Development, We Must Take Women Seriously’

Without peace, development is impossible, and without development, peace is not achievable, but without women, neither peace nor development is possible, writes Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations. He is an internationally recognized initiator of the UNSCR 1325 as the President of the UN Security Council in March 2000.

UN Volunteer Simon Kuany (far right), Associate Project Officer with the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, with participants at an Inquiry and Integration workshop in New Delhi, India. (Photo: UNV, 2016)

Promoting global citizenship through learning and dialogue

Simon Kuany (South Sudan) is a UN Volunteer with the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), in New Delhi, India. Funded generously by the Indian Government, MGIEP was formed in 2012 and since then has contributed to transforming education for humanity. It is an integral part of UNESCO, and the organization’s specialist institute on education for peace and sustainable development to foster global citizenship.

Irene Bronzini, an Italian UN Youth Volunteer fully funded by Belgium, preparing a presentation with her colleague, Lassane. (Photo: UNESCO/M. Blanco, 2017)

Peace is about education first! (UN Volunteers)

Irene Bronzini is a UN Youth Volunteer fully funded by Belgium, who was assigned in Mali in 2015 with UNESCO’s social sciences department. Irene, who is of Italian origin, supports the department in co-running UNESCO’s youth and peace education programmes.

Smurfs team up with United Nations in 2017 for a happier, more peaceful and equitable world

The popular Smurfs characters are encouraging children, young people and adults to make the world happier, more peaceful, equitable and healthy with a campaign launched today by the United Nations, UNICEF, and the United Nations Foundation. The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign is designed to encourage everyone to learn about and support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which were agreed on by all 193 member countries of the United Nations in 2015.

Academic Programme Officer: United Nations University

Under the supervision of the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability Director, the Academic Programme Officer will manage a set of academic programmes and projects and develop relevant activities in the institute’s three thematic areas: sustainable societies, natural capital and biodiversity, and global change and resilience. Application deadline: March 31, 2017.

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.

(Photo: UNSDN)

UN NGO Youth-Led Briefing: Targeting Poverty and Education for Peace

The annual United Nations Department of Public Information’s NGO Youth-Led Briefing brought hundreds of youth, from all over the world, to the UN Headquarters in New York to discuss Sustainable Development Goals 1, 4 and 16. A panel of experts talked about how targeting poverty and education can help advance peace.

High-level panel discussion on the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training: good practices and challenges – Opening statement by Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights

This panel discussion marks five years since the adoption by the General Assembly of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training. This Declaration places human rights education and training as a core pillar of our great project to realize all rights for all.

Seventh Biennial Report of the UN Secretary-General on Disarmament and Non-proliferation Education

The Seventh Biennial Report of the UN Secretary-General on Disarmament and Non-proliferation Education (A/71/124) was submitted to the 71st session of the General Assembly to review the implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations study on disarmament and non-proliferation education. The report includes implementation summaries from governments and several civil society organizations.

(Photo: Danish Institute for Human Rights)

National Human Rights Institutions will play a more strategic role in education

The United Nations Human Rights Council agreed on a new resolution on Human Rights Education and Training at the Human Rights Council’s Thirty-first session this spring. The resolution reconfirms and supplements state parties’ commitment to national implementation of international standards for human rights education five years after the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training from 2011.

"The Big Book: Pages for Peace"

“The Big Book: Pages for Peace” (world’s biggest book!) Kicks Off Global Peace Tour

“The Big Book: Pages for Peace,” a massive book measuring 12 feet tall by 10 feet wide, will be displayed for the first time at United Nations headquarters in New York this Sunday, March 20, marking the first stop in a planned 2016 World Tour. “The Big Book” begun in 2004, now weighing more than a ton (!) includes contributions from more than 3,500 notables, including 9/11 First Responders, Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter and the Dalai Lama.

“We are thrilled that The Big Book will be on display during the UN’s International Day of Happiness,” said Betsy Sawyer, Founder of the Pages for Peace Foundation. “And even more excited by the prospect of taking this amazing book around the world to spread its powerful and enduring message of peace. This has been the dream of our kids for over 10 years.”

(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Republic of Korea to Host UN DPI/NGO Conference 30 May—1 June: Focus on Education in Pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Department of Public Information is pleased to announce that the Republic of Korea has confirmed its desire to host the sixty-sixth Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference in Gyeongju from 30 May to 1 June 2016. Organized in cooperation with the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, the NGO community, the Government of the Republic of Korea and the National Organizing Committee of Korea, the Conference will be held under the theme “Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Together”. It will be the first time for the DPI/NGO Conference to be held in Asia.

Call to Contribute Ideas/Curricula & Report of Recent Actions Supporting the UN Open Ended Working Group on Nuclear Disarmament

On January 28, the UN Open Ended Working Group on nuclear disarmament (OEWG) will hold its first session in Geneva. The OEWG, open to all UN member states and to representatives of civil society, was established by the UN General Assembly to work on legal measures and norms to achieve a world without nuclear weapons. UNFOLD ZERO provides an overview of civil society actions and preparations for the OEWG and is hosting a competition to gather civil society actions – winners could win a trip to Geneva to participate in May sessions. In support of these efforts, the Global Campaign for Peace Education invites readers to submit study units and courses syllabi on nuclear disarmament that will be published on the Campaign website.

Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury on the Culture of Peace

Interview by Kosmos Journal of Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the UN, 11 December 2015. Amb. Chowdhury shares that “A key ingredient in building the culture of peace is education. Peace education needs to be accepted in all parts of the world, in all societies and countries as an essential element in creating the culture of peace. The young of today deserves a radically different education – one that does not glorify war but educates for peace, non-violence and international cooperation.”

UN Security Council adopts resolution on Youth, Peace and Security

(Original article: United Network of Young Peacebuilders, Dec. 9, 2015) On 9 December 2015 the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace & Security. The historical document is the first of its kind to recognize the positive role young people play in building sustainable peace and to lay out the need for governments […]

General Assembly Adopts without Vote Two Resolutions Calling for Concerted Global Efforts to Advance Culture of Peace, Non-Violence, Tolerance

(United Nations, Dec. 3, 2015) Confronting an increasingly polarized world where religious intolerance, discrimination, xenophobia, conflict and the emergence of new extremist ideologies abounded, the General Assembly today adopted, without a vote, two resolutions that stressed the advancement of a culture of peace and non-violence based on education, tolerance, dialogue and cooperation. By the terms […]