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The following selection of videos illustrates various aspects of peace.

More historic audiovisual materials on the work of the United Nations, including on its creation, can be found in the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law.

Bertha von Suttner & Peace Movements

A short documentary on Bertha von Suttner's extraordinary life and her influence on Alfred Nobel.

With Anne Synnøve Simensen, author of The Woman behind the Peace Prize.

Paris Peace Conference (1946)

Paris Peace Conference, Paris, 29 July 1946. Discussion and drafting of peace treaties between USSR, UK, USA, Australia, Byelorussia, Canada, Czechoslovakia, India, New Zealand, Ukraine, South Africa and Yugoslavia on the one side, and Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania on the other side.

Uniting for Peace - General Assembly Resolution

Adoption of General Assembly resolution 377(V) of 3 November 1950, "Uniting for Peace".

Right to Life in Peace, Human Rights and Development

Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Interview

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams was interviewed at the Nobel Museum (2013).

For more information about the Nobel Peace Prize, and the selection process for Laureates, visit the Nobel Prize website.

60 Years of Science for Peace and Development

ECOSOC, Informal meeting celebrating CERN’s 60th anniversary and sealing the close relationship between the European Organization for Nuclear Research and the UN. (20 October 2014)

Peace Talks

The Peace Talks were initiated in Switzerland in 2013 through the first-ever Geneva Peace Talks co-organized by the United Nations Office at GenevaInterpeace and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform. The Geneva Peace Talks is the flagship event of the Peace Talk series which is now being rolled out in different parts of the world.

Here are some highlights from the 2016 Geneva Peace Talks:

Watch more videos at the Peace Talks Video Library.

The Day after Peace

The film charts Jeremy Gilley's extraordinary 10-year journey to establish Peace Day on 21 September, and shows how the Day is being used around the world to save lives. The Day After Peace is produced in association with the BBC and Passion Pictures.

History of UNESCO

An overview of the principal events that helped create UNESCO. In 1945, UNESCO was created in order to respond to the firm belief of nations, forged by two world wars in less than a generation, that political & economic agreements are not enough to build a lasting peace. It is in the minds of men and women that the defenses of peace & the conditions for sustainable development must be built.

Concerts for Peace

Two Concerts for peace were organized in 2008 and 2009 by the Peace without borders movement.

The first concert took place at Cucuta, Colombia. The second at Havana, Cuba (full video below).

League of Nations

"Moving Day - New home for the League of Nations" 1936

British Pathé Films Archive

Charter of the United Nations - San Francisco Conference (1945)

UN General Assembly votes on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The UN General Assembly finally votes on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights December 1948.

One UN in Geneva

A film on the UN family in Geneva (september 2012) by UN Geneva.

Adoption of the Declaration of the Right to Peace

Adoption of the resolution on the right to peace (A/71/484/Add.2, draft resolution IV) by the General Assembly, 65th meeting, 71st session, 19 December 2016 (watch from 2:11:13).

Culture of Peace

Opening remarks by Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st session of the General Assembly, at the High-level Forum on the Culture of Peace, 7 September 2017.

Women and Peace

A new agenda for Women, Peace and Security, and Mediation (22 Sep 2016 - Panel discussion - Side event at the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly).

Press conference: 15th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 and a new global study on women, peace and security, 12 Oct 2015.

To watch more videos about women's roles in peace and security around the world, including The Story of Resolution 1325 visit the UN Women Digital Library.

The NATO Multimedia Library also offers a comprehensive research guide specific to the theme of Women, Peace and Security.

Testimonies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Women Speak Out for Peace

The power of individual testimony can inspire action and strengthen our determination to make nuclear abolition a reality; United Nations, New York, October 2011.

Humanitarian Work - Testimony

"Attacks on Humanitarians are Attacks on Humanity" by Vincent Cochetel - TEDxPlaceDesNations (Geneva, 11 December 2014)

Why do we carry on with humanitarian work after living through a terrible ordeal? Victim of kidnapping, abuse and torture, Vincent Cochetel, Director of the Bureau for Europe at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has devoted his life to helping refugees. He calls for an end to impunity for crimes against humanitarian workers.

Find all videos of the TEDxPlaceDesNations talks at:

International Peace Bureau - Interview

Ingeborg Breines, co-President of International Peace Bureau, Nobel Peace Prize laureate 1910, offers advice for young people who want to make a difference.