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The UN Library at Geneva presents its resource guide dedicated to peace.

As Geneva has played and still plays an important role in the struggle for peace, the Library gathered its extensive resources on the theme in a unique tool to make them easily available to all.

Every day, key decisions that have an impact on people's lives are made in Geneva. The United Nations family in Geneva works for peace, rights and well-being.




Photo credit: Springtime in the Ariana Park, 2013 by UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré /CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

International Day of Peace - 21 September

Poster - International Day of Peace 2016Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The Day’s theme for 2016 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 an 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 15 years. It aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. The Sustainable Development Goals are integral to achieving peace in our time, as development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing. “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.”


Geneva Peace Week - 7 - 11 November 2016

Geneva is home to a large number of international organizations, including more than 40 United Nations entities, a thriving community of non-governmental organizations and renowned academic and research institutions.Together, all these actors work for peace, rights and well-being, touching the lives of every individual across the world, every day.

The third Geneva Peace Week was held from 7 to 11 November 2016. It is a collective action initiative facilitated by the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies (IHEID) and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform with the support of Switzerland. Geneva Peace Week offers an opportunity to connect these actors more closely and to expand the space for dialogue about building peace and resolving conflict.


This guide has been created by the United Nations Library at Geneva. During the development of this guide, we have benefited from the expert advice of Mr. Christian Guillermet-Fernandez and Mr. David Fernandez Puyana, and we would like to thank them.