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International Day of Non-Violence, Gandhi's Birthday

Since 2007, the General Assembley of the United Nations decided to observe the International Day of Non-Violence on the 2nd of October, celebrating this way the birthday Gandhiof Mahatma Gandhi, one of the most proeminent figures of the non-violent movement. Gandhi was a pioneer of restistance through mass civil disobedience and is celebrated in India as the one who achieved the country's Independence or the "Father of the Nation."

On Gandhi and non-violence


International Day of Peace 2008

International Peace day

Since 1981 the world has an International Day of Peace. Since 2001 the world has a fixed date for the International Day of Peace on the 21st of September. From the United Nations to grass root peacebuilding organizations and independent individuals who want to make a change, the world is celebrating this day. Concerts, vigils, petitions, courses, peace walls, cease fire, bells ringing mark the 21st of September as the International Day of Peace.
International Day of Peace 2008

Message from the Secretary General of the United Nations

Ban Ki-MoonBan Ki- moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations gives his address on the occasion of the International Day of Peace 2008. He mentiones that this year, the International Day of Peace takes on special meaning.

Message from the Secretary general of the United Nations


Peace Day Magazine

Peaceday Magazine

A community of peacebuilders organizing themselves for the 21st of September. Find out how many organizations are doing something and be amaized at how many things are happening around the world by browsing through the first PeaceDayMagazine online!

The International Student Festival in Trondheim


ISFiT - The International Student Festival in Trondheim, Norway is the world's largest student festival with a thematic focus. About 450 students from all over the world attend the festival. The themes have changed over the years, but have always been related to social and political topics with international relevance. The next ISFiT will be arranged from 20 February to 1 March 2009 on the topic of peacebuilding.
Learn more and get involved!

Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program


The Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program was established to provide professionals from around the world with the opportunity to be trained in conflict resolution and mediation strategies. The program also can help participants become better equipped to prevent and resolve conflict and to foster policies and create settings that ensure peace worldwide. Offered in English, the program is aimed toward mid- to upper-level professionals in governments, nongovernmental organizations, and private corporations.
To learn more visit the Rotary International webpage.



The United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) organized a study session entitled “Applicability of peacebuilding in youth work.” Activeforpeace was represented there by Helene Songe and Andra Tanase.
Peacebuilders meeting in Budapest



Being young can mean many things. You can be young at 14 years old, or at 40 years old. You may be living on less than a dollar a day or more than 1000 dollars a day. You may love web surfing or you may enjoy eating a jucy mango in the shade of the mango tree. In their diversity, young people around the world (only between 14 - 24 years old) make up 40% of the world population. This is an incredible force for change and you are part of it. If you want to learn more about youth work for peace worldwide, take a look at our editorial.
On beeing young and acting



"Gandhi An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth" by Mohandas K. Gandhi

"The No-Nonsense Guide to Conflict and Peace by Sabina Lautensach and Peter Greener"
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UNs rapport “Youth and violent Conflict: Society and Development in Crisis?"
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