UNESCO High Level Debate on Culture of Peace and Non-Violence

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This year the 21st of September, proclaimed “International Day of Peace” in 2000 by the United Nations, is dedicated to the theme “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future.” In this context, UNESCO is organizing a High-Level Debate which will take place at the United Nations Headquarters (Conference Room 3, North Lawn Building) on Friday, 21 September 2012, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Building peace is a challenge for the entire United Nations system. It is particularly relevant for UNESCO, which is called upon by its Constitution to build the “defences of peace in the minds of men”. Tasked with a “soft power” mandate organically integrating the culture of peace, sustainable development and knowledge societies, UNESCO has the responsibility to foster inclusive creative change, remaining a lookout post for the new challenges to lasting peace and acting through prevention, mediation and reconciliation.

History has taught that peace should never be taken for granted. It requires the active engagement of individuals, enlightened leadership and powerful educational values. Every one of these requirements is relevant to UNESCO’s mission who has a long-standing commitment to the development of education and the sciences, to a vibrant media landscape, and to the enrichment of cultural creativity and heritage.

Taking into account that there is an urgent need to identify and redefine the measures required to make peace an everyday reality for a safe world for all, the Director-General has invited the President of the UN General Assembly, the UN Secretary-General and the Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) to participate in the Debate. Equally present will be some eminent leaders from the political, academic and artistic worlds. (See more in the attached Programme and Concept Note).


Type of Event Category 8-Symposium
Start 21.09.2012 14:00 local time
End 21.09.2012 17:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Stenou, Katerina
Organizer Intersectoral Platform on Culture of Peace and Non-Violence
Contact Paulette Forest: p.forest@unesco.org; 0145681151
Country United States of America
City New York
Venue United Nations Headquarters
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants
Official Website
Link 1 webpage of the High Level Debate
Link 2 Programme
Link 3 Concept note
Link 4