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.
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A major research project being conducted by UNESCO, jointly with the Abat Oliba CEU University in Barcelona (Spain), since 2015 on “Progress and Challenges for the Peace Agenda of United Nations entities after 70 years of the creation of the United Nations: a reflection in the context of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures”, aims at analyzing how the UN system has contributed to the promotion of peace over the past seventeen years.
The project will culminate in a publication exploring how the entire UN system is contributing to building peace worldwide (to be issued in 2018) .
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 2020 is “Shaping Peace Together”. This year, it has been clearer than ever that we are not each other’s enemies. Rather, our common enemy is a tireless virus that threatens our health, security and very way of life. COVID-19 has thrown our world into turmoil and forcibly reminded us that what happens in one part of the planet can impact people everywhere.
As we struggle to defeat COVID-19, your voice is more important than ever. In these difficult times of physical distancing, this International Day of Peace will be dedicated to fostering dialogue and collecting ideas. The world will be invited to unite and share thoughts on how to weather this storm, heal our planet and change it for the better. Even though we may not be able to stand next to each other, we can still dream together.
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Geneva is a global hub for governance and international cooperation. It hosts 37 international organizations, a thriving community of non-governmental organizations and renowned academic and research institutions. It is also a diplomatic center with near universal representation of states. Together, all these actors work for peace, rights and well-being, touching the lives of individuals across the world. Geneva Peace Week offers an opportunity to connect and highlight the work of these actors and to expand the space for building peace and resolving conflict through dialogue and negotiation.
The seventh Geneva Peace Week will be held from 2 to 6 November 2020. It is a collective action initiative facilitated by the United Nations Geneva, 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.