International Day of Peace EDUCATION FOR PEACE

"On this International Day of Peace, let us pledge to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect.  Let us invest in the schools and teachers that will build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity.  Let us fight for peace and defend it with all our might." UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and…Read more


The United Nations Messengers of Peace are distinguished individuals, carefully selected from the fields of art, literature, music and sports, who have agreed to help focus worldwide attention on the work of the United Nations. Backed by the highest honour bestowed by the Secretary-General on a global citizen for an initial period of two years, these prominent personalities volunteer their time, talent and passion to raise awareness of United Nations’ efforts to improve the lives of billions of people everywhere. The Messengers of Peace, through their public appearances, contacts with the international media…Read more

The situation in Afghanistan and its implications for international peace and security Report of the Secretary-General

The present report provides an update on the activities of the United Nations in Afghanistan, including significant humanitarian, development and human rights efforts, since my previous report of 13 September 2012 (A/67/354-S/2012/703). It also provides a summary of key political and security developments and regional and international events relating to Afghanistan Open PDF Report hereRead more

Aung San Suu Kyi receives her Nobel Peace Prize

Twenty-one years after she was first awarded it, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has finally received her Nobel Peace Prize. Ms Suu Kyi has spent much of the past two decades under political house arrest, before being finally released in 2010. Despite the sweeping reforms that have accompanied her release Ms Suu Kyi said that full political freedom in her country was still a long way off. "Absolute peace in our world is an unattainable goal," Suu Kyi said in her acceptance speech during her first trip to Europe in nearly…Read more

Nobel Peace Prize Award for Women Leaders

UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet applauded today’s decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to three prominent women peace leaders: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, her compatriot Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen. She made the announcement at the start of a three-country Nordic tour in which she will visit Oslo, Norway. “We are absolutely thrilled with the news and send huge and a hearty congratulations to these three extraordinary women who have overcome huge obstacles in their quest for peace and democracy,” said Ms. Bachelet. “All over the world,…Read more