International Day of Peace

Renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma praises youth commitment to climate action

As a UN Ambassador for Peace, renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma inspires young people to support the Organization’s efforts to address climate change and other pressing issues such as hunger and HIV/AIDS.

Liling Huang asked Mr. Ma about his message for the nearly two million members of what he affectionately calls “Gen Z”: the biggest generation of young people in the planet’s history.

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Climate emergency ‘a new danger’ to peace, youth activists hear ahead of World Day

Among the efforts to build a sustainably peaceful world, “urgent climate action is needed” to curb environmental threats to all our well-being and security, the Secretary-General told the annual peace gathering in New York on Friday, addressing a largely youthful crowd.  

Peace is at risk and violated in many places, but ‘we will not give up,’ says UN chief Guterres

On Friday, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres cited the strong correlation between the International Day of Peace and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a basis for peace.

News in Brief 15 September 2017 (PM)

UN chief stresses solidarity with refugees on International Day of Peace

Refugees are the focus of this year’s commemoration of the International Day of Peace, observed annually on 21 September.

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Music, like UN promotes international “peace of mind”

Music and the UN both have the ability to promote international “peace of mind” and “emotional health”.

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Foster compassion through music: Yo-Yo Ma

Compassion can be fostered across the world through music according to the UN Messenger of Peace, and internationally-renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma.

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Youth encouraged to support UN on International Day of Peace

Celebrities, activists and students are at UN Headquarters on Monday to reaffirm their commitment to creating a better world.

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Ban’s text message for peace kicks off International Day celebrations

With a press of a button, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, flanked by four world-renowned personalities who help promote the aims of the United Nations, kicked off this year’s celebration of the International Day of Peace by sending a text message appealing for non-violence.