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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.

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UNESCO Culture of Peace and Non-Violence

UNESCO Research Project

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) .

International Day of Peace - 21 September

International Peace Day 2018 PosterEach 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 2018 is “The Right to Peace - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”. The theme celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

The Universal Declaration – the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages - is as relevant today as it was on the day that it was adopted.

“It is time all nations and all people live up to the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race. This year marks the 70th anniversary of that landmark document.” -- Secretary-General António Guterres.

International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace

Geneva Peace Talks

Geneva Peace Talks
Launched in 2013, the Geneva Peace Talks is an annual, public event organized on the occasion of the International Day of Peace in partnership between the United Nations Office at Geneva, Interpeace and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform. The Geneva Peace Talks 2018's edition focused on "Peace without borders", and took place at the Palais des Nations on 21 September 2018. More information at:

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Geneva Peace Week - 4 - 8 November 2019

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 sixth Geneva Peace Week will be held from 4 to 8 November 2019. 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.