Recognizing young people as powerful peace-builders

Around the world today, more and more societies are recognizing the role that youth play as agents of change and as critical actors in preventing conflict and building peace. Many of the world’s 1.2 billion young people, are also affected by the horrors of conflict and war. It is against this backdrop that the International Youth Day this year will be celebrated under the theme “Youth Building Peace”, considering matters of youth, peace and security from a social developmental perspective.

Adult literacy and education program. (Photo: Zofeen Ebrahim/ IPS)

Education, a Building Block for Sustainable Peace

Sustainable Development Goal #4 seeks to provide inclusive, equitable, and quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all –
but after 2 years of pursuing this goal the question of ‘how’ still remains. The UN convened a high-level meeting to help answer this question. “Access to quality education is not only a goal in itself, but a fundamental building block of creating a better world of sustainable peace, prosperity, and development,” said current General Assembly President Peter Thomson during the opening segment.

Fellow, Quaker United Nations Office

 Visit the AFSC job site for more information and to apply Application deadline: July 18, 2017 Quaker United Nations Office – New York (QUNO) “QUNO’s mission is to help the United Nations fully carry out its responsibility to prevent violent conflict and build sustainable peace around the world. We work with diplomats, UN officials and […]

Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations. (Photo: Mitsu (Eric) Kimura, SUA Archivist)

Critical Next Steps in Enhancing Women’s Equality and Empowerment

Enhancing women’s equality is fundamental to the possibility of peace and is an essential realm of inquiry and action for peace education.  Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury highlights significant historical developments, disappointments and possibilities for transformative change in support of gender equality that is essential for the possibility of sustainable peace.

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.