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.
FORGIVENESS IS THE KEY TO OUR PEACE After all the killings and destruction There is a need to stop looking back To put all the past in the dark We need to move on with our generation Today, a new day has dawn When we need to rise and be strong Loving ourselves, to live and let's live Forgiveness is the Key to our peace The hatred of race, language and religion should rest Let's come together and make peace from east to west Looking at all our pains, sorrows and tears Peace is here for us, it's all we have A world free of war and forgiveness is our dream Join me to save our world is what I mean
— Abikoye Tosin
All Poems Submitted to the Contest