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.
IS PEACE THAT MUCH OF A CHALLENGE ? The pursuit of selfishness led to great wars Is peace that much of a challenge? Man has wantonly disregarded life he cannot create His brutality exceeding him, plaguing the virtue of togetherness History shows that violence has solved no problem Unborn children murmurs, what are they thinking? The change we wish to see is us Proclaiming with not our lips but hearts Replacing the control of power with love To settle our differences, for the sake of happiness Then will we cherish the blessings of peace Our world is our treasure we must preserve it No matter our differences we must always accommodate one another The fullness of life can be achieved, it takes courage
— Abikoye Oluwatoyosi Oluwatosin
All Poems Submitted to the Contest