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.

The coronavirus dis­ease has ad­ded a new di­men­sion to Pea­ceday 2020. For the first time in his­tory, people all over the world are hav­ing the same con­cerns about how we re­build the world bey­ond the pan­demic.

Young lead­ers from 96 cit­ies are now step­ping up to the chal­lenge. On Pea­ceday 2020 they will come to­gether, on­line and on-site, to take coun­sel on how we can turn the crisis of the pan­demic into an op­por­tun­ity for global re­newal. In­spired by the Dough­nut Eco­nomy model, which is a play­fully ser­i­ous ap­proach to deal­ing with the global chal­lenges, the Youth As­sembly will fo­cus on the burn­ing ques­tion:

“How can we meet the needs of all – within the means of the planet?”

Ideas gen­er­ated by the young del­eg­ates will be shared on a di­gital plat­form for cit­izen par­ti­cip­a­tion, en­abling youth from all over the world to join the con­ver­sa­tion and vote for the best pro­pos­als.

The open­ing of the vir­tual event will be a screen­ing of BELLA GAIA – Beau­ti­ful Earth, an award win­ning NASA-powered im­mers­ive ex­per­i­ence, in­spired by as­tro­nauts who share the life-chan­ging power of see­ing the Earth from space. At 12:00 Noon in each time zone, we will in­vite the par­ti­cipants to ob­serve a Minute of Si­lence, res­ult­ing in a “Peace Wave” around the world.

The on­line as­sembly will be sup­ple­men­ted with small local gath­er­ings in the par­ti­cip­at­ing cit­ies, where all the ne­ces­sary Covid 19 safety pre­cau­tions will be taken into ac­count.

The epi­cen­ter of the ini­ti­at­ive will be YOUTH IS­LAND – a former sea fort­ress loc­ated a short sail­ing trip from the UN-City in Copen­ha­gen, where 11 UN or­gan­iz­a­tions are col­lab­or­at­ing across sec­tors to achieve the 17 Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals. Since the fort­ress was handed over to the Dan­ish Scouts 5 years ago, it has been trans­formed into a unique gath­er­ing place for young people – and a thriv­ing hab­itat, where grasses, herbs and wild flowers have star­ted to over­grow the old gun em­place­ments and hangars.

The live event on Youth Is­land will be con­nec­ted to local gath­er­ings in the par­ti­cip­at­ing cit­ies via live-stream. Mu­sic and dance con­tri­bu­tions, cel­eb­rat­ing peace and cul­tural di­versity, will be weaved to­gether with video greet­ings from high pro­file sup­port­ers of the event.

The con­clu­sions from the global youth as­sembly will be handed over to the UN on Septem­ber 21, 2020.

The event will be pro­duced by Citytrans­formers in col­lab­or­a­tion with Ubi­quity Uni­versity (which is an ac­cred­ited global uni­versity de­signed for so­cial im­pact) AIESEC (the largest youth leadership movement organization in the world) – Mas­ter­Peace (a youth driven NGO with 55 clubs in 40 coun­tries) – Peace Child In­ter­na­tional (an or­gan­isa­tion that over the past 30 years, has tapped into the en­ergy of mil­lions of young people in 183 coun­tries) and Hu­man­ity Rising, which is a new net­work of more than 400 NGO’s rep­res­ent­ing +10 mil­lion mem­bers to date.

A group of 12 high pro­file thought lead­ers will be in­vited to join the event as ment­ors, sup­port­ing the young del­eg­ates throughout the pro­cess.