“Peace is one of humanity’s most precious needs. It is also the United Nations’ highest calling.” – Former UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
MISSION STATEMENT OF THE PROGRAM
The United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) recognises the role that the United Nations plays in the maintenance of international peace and security. Through this program, the UNAA seeks to promote the work of the United Nations regarding the pursuit of peace.
Our program is a soft program – we try to make others connect emotionally and intellectually to a larger cause – peace – that transcends their immediate self-interest.
We invite support from government and the private sector to help us to promote our cause in achieving a peaceful global community. The UNAA will develop and advance standards that support world peace initiatives, and will encourage others to adopt these standards as their own personal goals.
The UN International Day of Peace, generally known as World Peace Day or Peace Day, is observed annually on September 21; officially designated in 2001. It is dedicated to the continued pursuit of world peace, and specifically to rid the world of war and violence. This day is generally observed with temporary ceasefires in combat zones to enable humanitarian access. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly’s yearly session. The UN International Day of Peace was first celebrated in 1982 and is honoured by many nations and peoples.
THE UNAA PEACE AND SECURITY PROGRAM
In 2014 the UNAA launched its Peace and Security Program and adopted the unifying symbols of peace: the olive branch, bell, candle and the white dove as its main themes. We have promoted slogans for each year: ‘Working Together for Peace’ (2014), ‘Make Peace Day Every Day’ (2015), ‘Peace and Justice for All’ (2016), ‘A Safer World, a Fairer World, a More Sustainable World’ (2017).
With the introduction of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015; the continued importance of peace and security has been illustrated by Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
To promote the United Nations actions towards global peace and security by marking UN Observance Days.
To promote our vision for a peaceful community, to establish standards of achievement, conduct, service, peace and social justice; as well as to explain why they matter and to inspire others to adopt the agreed goals and benchmarks as their personal goals.
To help support the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, particularly focusing on development, democratic governance, and peace and social justice.
To reaffirm support for the United Nations International Day of Peace, and to promote the observance of the day.
To support the United Nations’ role as global Peacekeeper.
To enable peace to become an intrinsic and motivationally-driven force every day – today better than yesterday; tomorrow better than today.
UNAA PEACE AND SECURITY PROGRAM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The UNAA Peace Program functions with the active involvement of volunteers from many countries, making it truly a multicultural program. This year we have 42 active volunteers from 35 different countries, most of which are international students undertaking postgraduate study. Their passion, commitment and energy in implementing our peace-building initiatives are phenomenal and are gratefully acknowledged.
Annette Brownlie│UNAA National Peace and Security Program Manager firstname.lastname@example.org│email@example.com