The Poetry for Peace contest was held from 15 September until 14 October 2011. The winners were anounced at a ceremony at UN headquarters in New York.
Below is one of the contest entries.
Let there be peace in the world. Let us all see peace and not war. Let us all have peace in the world. Let all our statesmen know no violence, Let all love peace with warm passion, Let all be clothed with passionate patience, Let all respect peace with real astonishment. Let peace pervade every political terrain, Let peace calm the spirits of every domain, Let peace be at peace with every reign, Let each achieve peace with poor pain. Peace, to you we plead: come to us. Peace, we entreat you: deign on us. Peace, we want you: envelope us. Let our homes be adorned with peace, Let our streets be paved with peace, Let our cities be set on a hilltop of peace. Let peace taint our every thought. Let there be peace, let peace never cease Let there be peace, let war forever cease.
— Ahmed Elnawawy
All Poems Submitted to the Contest