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International Day of Peace 2008

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. Learn more about the history of the day and what you could do for peace!

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Message from the Secretary General of the United Nations

Ban 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.

This year, the International Day of Peace takes on special meaning.

This is the year we also mark the sixtieth anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We know that human rights are essential to peace. Yet too many people around the world still have their rights violated -- especially during and after armed conflict. That is why we must ensure that the rights in the Declaration are a living reality -- that they are known, understood and enjoyed by everyone, everywhere. It is often those who most need their human rights protected, who also need to be informed that the Declaration exists -- and that it exists for them.

At the same time, we face a development emergency. This year, we pass the midpoint in the race to reach the Millennium Development Goals -- the common vision agreed by leaders of all countries for building a better world in the 21st century. Reaching these goals is also essential to peace. Yet many countries in Africa are not on track to reach a single one of the goals by the deadline of 2015. That is why, just after the International Day of Peace, Governments, civil society and business will meet at the United Nations to forge a broad coalition and try to bridge the gap.

There is so much to unite around on this International Day of Peace. To mobilize people around the world, the UN is launching a text messaging campaign. My message reads: “On 21 September, the International Day of Peace, I call on world leaders and peoples around the world to join forces against conflict, poverty and hunger, and for all human rights for all.”

Together, let us send a powerful signal for peace that will be read, heard and felt around the world.



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


SFiT - 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!




Cluj-Napoca, Romania September 22nd - 26th, 2008

Designing Peacebuilding Programmes (DPP) is a five-day advanced international training programme for staff of national and international organizations, the United Nations, and governmental and non-governmental organizations. The programme has been specifically
designed to assist organizations developing / implementing programmes in peacebuilding and conflict transformation. Read More...

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.



Book tip: THE NO-NONSENSE GUIDE TO CONFLICT AND PEACE by Sabina Lautensach and Peter Greener

Last century was the most bloody in history, and already conflict in this century has taken a heavy toll. Most wars are now within countries rather than between states, and often it is civilians that suffer most, especially women and children. This century has also been one of the most active in terms of peacebuilding. New peace organizations are born, peace is studied in schools and universities, the Day of Peace is celebrated around the globe. This book is an invaluable guide for students, peace groups, and activists. It examines the changing types of war, including the war on terror and ethnic conflict such as in Rwanda, the role of diplomacy and the UN, and what steps ordinary people are taking to rebuild communities. It offers ideas and inspiration for creating lasting peace.



Book tip: Youth and Violent Conflict by UNDP

The United Nations Development Programme’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) released its report "Youth and Violent Conflict: Society and Development in Crisis?". The report represents a first step to build substantial knowledge on this issue as a basis for policy development and programmatic responses. It reviews existing analytical and policy frameworks, provides an initial mapping of relevant  programming efforts put in place by UNDP and partner organizations, and advances preliminary recommendations for the way forward. Trying to understand the intersection between youth and violent conflict is a way of re-examining societies and development processes. Full pdf text available!




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