13 June 2016 – In a kick-off for the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community to work together in recognizing that development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing in order to help build a future of peace and prosperity for all.
This year’s theme, “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace,” highlights how ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring broadly shared prosperity all contribute to global harmony.
“When we all work together, we can make peace possible, starting with 24 hours of peace on 21 September,” Mr. Ban said.
Recalling that the 17 SDGs were unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the UN at an historic summit in September 2015, the Secretary-General emphasized that the Goals are a shared vision to humanity.
“They are universal, applying to all countries. And they are integral to achieving peace,” he emphasized.
In particular, he noted that SDG 16 focuses on peace, justice and strong institutions, although he underscored that “peace runs like a thread through all 17 of the Goals.”
As part of activities related to the 100-day countdown to the Day, a new hip-hop music video, “Sustainable Development Goals: Improve Life All Around The Globe,” was launched today by the UN.
The music video, which breaks down the 17 SDGs into easy-to-understand concepts, aims to inspire young people around the world to take action to support the UN development agenda.
The video was produced by Flocabulary – a web-based learning programme using educational hip-hop music to engage students and increase achievement – in partnership with the Education Outreach Section of the Outreach Division of the UN Department of Public Information.
In related news, the UN’s Education Outreach Section also launched a new video contest to offer a platform for youth to express their ideas on how the SDGs can help build peace.
The contest is open to young people from ages 15 through 24 years, who may submit video clips ranging from 10 to 15 seconds on their vision for sustainable peace.
The clips will be posted on a dedicated YouTube channel, and the winning clips will be screened at the global student video conference taking place on 16 September at UN Headquarters in New York. Students can also share their ideas through Twitter using the hashtag #peaceday.
As part of activities leading up to the actual Day, on 16 September the Secretary-General will ring the Japanese Peace Bell in the Peace Garden at UN Headquarters in New York and observe a minute of silence. UN Messengers of Peace and women Nobel Peace Prize laureates are scheduled to participate in that event.
via UN News Centre