This year ‘s ceremony on the International Day of Peace will be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York City on September 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
The UN Secretary-General will celebrate the Day in the Peace Garden at United Nations Headquarters by ringing the Peace Bell and observing a Minute of Silence.
According to the United Nations, “Women Nobel Peace Prize laureates and the United Nations Messengers of Peace” will be invited to participate in the ceremony.”
What does it mean to be a “Messenger of Peace” or “Goodwill Ambassador” at UN Headquarters?
Being named a “Messenger of Peace” or “Goodwill Ambassador “is a great honor. However, as the UN points out, “it is the Secretary-General who appoints UN “Messengers of Peace”, whereas Goodwill Ambassadors are appointed by the heads of United Nations Programmes and specialized agencies such as UNICEF and many others.
For example, UNESCO “Artists for Peace” have been described as “internationally renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma, and prestige to help promote UNESCO’s Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.”
On the other hand, UN “Messengers of Peace”, according to the United Nations, “is backed by the highest honor bestowed by the Secretary-General on a global citizen, and these prominent personalities volunteer their time, talent, and passion to raise awareness of United Nations efforts to improve the lives of billions of people everywhere.”
UN “Messengers of Peace” include Michael Douglas, Jane Goodall, and Leonardo Di Caprio, among others.
This year’s theme at the UN is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.” The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at a historic summit of the world’s leaders in New York in September 2015.
The new ambitious 2030 agenda calls on countries to begin efforts to achieve these goals over the next 5 years. It aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.
“The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world’s leaders and the people” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
“They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success.”
The United Nations Education Outreach Section will hold a global student video conference on the same day, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. also at United Nations Headquarters.
Check out videos by youth around the world on how the Goals can help build peace.
There’s also a hip hop music video young people will enjoy called Sustainable Development Goals: Improve Life All Around The Globe” produced by Flocabulary
This video was produced in partnership with the Education Outreach Section of the Outreach Division of the United Nations Department of Public Information.
The Tarumi Violinists, who have been performing on the International Day of Peace for 20 years at UN Headquarters, have been encouraged to become “global citizens”. It starts by promoting respect and responsibility across cultures at a young age, and through Global Citizenship Education, a UN initiative, children will learn how to live together in a positive way.
In addition, these violin playing children are raising global awareness on the work of the United Nations through the joy of music. In addition, the Tarumi Violin Children’s Foundation supports the UN’s “Culture of Peace.” On non-violence. As the UN puts it, “everything that is needed to build a Culture of Peace already exists in each one of us.” As stated in the United Nations definition, a “Culture of Peace” is a set of values, attitudes, modes of behavior and ways of life that reject violence and prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation among individuals, groups, and nations.”