Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peaceful collaboration, both within and among all nations and peoples.
On Peace Day 2020 young changemakers from almost 100 cities worldwide came together in a Global Youth Assembly to discuss imminent and impending global issues.
They voiced their concerns, their hopes for the future, and their desire and commitment to work with global leaders to create a world that works for all within the limits of the planet.
The epicenter of the event was YOUTH ISLAND – a former sea fortress located a short sailing trip from the UN-City in Copenhagen. After harvesting the views and conclusions that emerged during discussions that took place on six different continents, The assembly identified a number of imminent and urgent issues that must be addressed by the World Leaders.
On Peace day, September 21, a delegation of youth representatives sailed from Youth Island to the UN City in Copenhagen on a Viking Ship, to hand over the conclusions to UNDP Director Camilla Brückner, who promised to forward the conclusions to the General Assembly.
Click here to view the Peace day 2020 Global Youth Assembly Declaration (PDF)
This year we take it one step further towards Positive ImpACT!
In the week leading up to Peace Day, 1200 young change-makers and artists will come together in 120 ‘Pop-up’ Peace Rooms all over the world, again creating a unique global momentum.
The Peace Rooms are locally organized and very diverse, but each of them comes up with at least one actionable idea and commits to implementing it. These ‘Actionable Commitments‘ are local and personal, showing that big words (like the SDGs) can be translated into local actions.
The holistic approach of the ‘Doughnut Economics’ model, that aims to meet the needs of all within our planetary limits, serves as a framework for these commitments.
The Peace Rooms are all linked together by a central ‘node’ and 24/7 media hub situated in Youth Island in Denmark, blurring the line between the physical and virtual.
Regional meet-ups will bring together representatives and insights from the different pop-up peace rooms, culminating in a 2-hours Multilateral Intergenerational Assembly with youth leaders, elders and UN representatives on Peace Day.
Examples of Peace Popups:
- Intergenerational dialogues
- Street conversations
- Urban Hacking
- Peace walks
- Mural painting
- Improv theater
- Ideas flea market