Statement by Peacebuilding Organisations on the International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace.

In honour of the International Day of Peace, The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation together with peacebuilding organisations from around the world have issued a shared statement to UN Member States on the importance of fostering peaceful, just and inclusive societies. This week in New York, world leaders will sign on to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and there will be high-level discussions on terrorism, UN peace operations and peacebuilding. In light of these events, the shared statement, titled “Facing the Challenge of Peace,” encourages the international community to adopt the following principles:

  • Embracing the universality of the 2030 Agenda;
  • Seeking to understand local contexts;
  • Seeking to do no harm when planning and implementing development, humanitarian, economic and security engagements;
  • Focusing on increasing resilience; and
  • Prioritising local needs.

Read the whole statement here.