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International Day of Living Together in Peace

16 May

Living together in peace is all about accepting differences and having the ability to listen to, recognize, respect and appreciate others, as well as living in a peaceful and united way.

The UN General-Assembly, in its resolution 72/130, declared 16 May the International Day of Living Together in Peace, as a means of regularly mobilizing the efforts of the international community to promote peace, tolerance, inclusion, understanding and solidarity. The Day aims to uphold the desire to live and act together, united in differences and diversity, in order to build a sustainable world of peace, solidarity and harmony.

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In a world in which we regularly witness tensions, acts of hatred, rejection of others and discrimination, the pursuit of peace and the will to live together harmoniously is more crucial than ever.  UNESCO, and the United Nations as a whole, is striving on a daily-basis to provide people with the means to achieve peace, not only because peace is one of the major goals of the 2030 Agenda, but also because it is a precondition for sustainable development and for the common good.
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay UNESCO Director-General

Message from the President of the UN General Assembly

The President of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande called on all Member States to endore the United Nations call for an immediate global ceasefire. In his message on the International Day of Living Together in Peace, Mr. Muhammad Bande said that “COVID-19 poses a serious threat to the maintenance of international peace and security. The UN has called for a global ceasefire to work together on the actual fight – defeating the pandemic. It is time to silence the guns and bring hope to those who are most vulnerable.”

What UNESCO does for leaving together in peace

Culture of Peace and Non-Violence
International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures
Intercultural dialogue
Fostering Rights, Inclusion and Non-Discrimination
Long walk of peace: towards a culture of prevention
Writing Peace Manual - Training Tools and Resources
The Power of empathy
Culture: the bedrock of peace
Oct. - Dec. 2017