On International Day of Peace, UN spotlights education

By Pi James

NEW YORK, 20 September 2013 – For the first time in the 12-year history of the International Day of Peace, the United Nations (UN) is highlighting the transformative power of education in reducing conflict and achieving long-term peace.

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UNICEF Director of Programmes Nicholas Alipui at the International Day of Peace event.

On 18 September, in a special peace day event at the UN headquarters in New York, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called for renewed investment in schools and teachers to “build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity.”

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Podcast #80: On International Youth Day, young activists share their views on the role of education in building peace

By Rudina Vojovda

Youth activists share their views on the importance of education in laying the foundation for a peaceful society.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 12 August 2013 – International Youth Day is celebrated on 12 August every year to raise awareness about issues affecting young people and to celebrate their achievements.

To commemorate the day, UNICEF podcast moderator Alex Goldmark spoke with three young activists about their understanding of peace and how education can help them build peaceful and democratic communities.

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Peacebuilding and Education


The four-year Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy Programme – designed as a partnership among UNICEF, the Government of the Netherlands, the national governments of participating countries and other key partners – is an innovative, cross-sectoral programme focusing on education and peacebuilding.

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