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: , 2013 by UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré /CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Each 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 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” Together is a United Nations campaign promoting the safety and dignity of all displaced people. It seeks to unite UN organizations, Member States, the private sector, civil society and individuals in opposition to xenophobia and discrimination.
"In times of insecurity, communities that look different become convenient scapegoats,” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. “We must resist cynical efforts to divide communities and portray neighbours as ‘the other’. Discrimination diminishes us all. It prevents people — and societies — from achieving their full potential.” He added, “Together, let us stand up against bigotry and for human rights. Together, let us build bridges. Together, let us transform fear into hope.”
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 fourth Geneva Peace Week will be held from 6 to 10 November 2017. 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.