“Peace is one of humanity’s most precious needs. It is also the United Nations’ highest calling.” – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
MISSION STATEMENT OF THE PROGRAM
As members of the global community sharing a common humanity Australians unite in a concerted effort towards building peace initiatives and work together to achieve peace throughout the world not just on World Peace Day but every day. Optimism underpins the role of the UNAA Peace Program of the United Nations Association of Australia. Our job is to convince everyone that ‘the world is a better place because the United Nations exists’.
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 leaders to help us to promote our noble visions for a peaceful community, to establish standards of achievement, conduct, peace and justice, to explain why they matter and inspire others to adopt the agreed goals and benchmarks as their personal goals.
The UN International Day of Peace, generally known as World Peace Day or Peace Day, is observed annually on 21 September. It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence – this day is observed with a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone to enable humanitarian aid 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. In 2001, 21 September was designated as the official date for World Peace Day.
THE UNAA PEACE PROGRAM
In 2014 UNAA launched its Peace Program and adopted the unifying symbols of peace: the olive, bell, candle and the white dove as its main themes, which we will retain. We have promoted catchcries for each year i.e. ‘Working together for peace (2014), ‘Make peace day every day’ (2015), ‘Peace and Justice for All’ (2016) which is Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals and our catch cry for 2017 is ‘A safer world, a fairer world, a more sustainable world.’
To convince everyone that ‘the world is a better place because the United Nations exists’ through marking UN Observance Days.
To promote our vision for a peaceful community, to establish standards of achievement, conduct, service, peace and social justice, 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 Goals particularly focusing on sustainable development, democratic governance, peace and social justice for all.
To reaffirm the resolution of the Declaration of the UN International Day of Peace.
To support the UN’s role as Peacekeeper.
To make the UN International Day of Peace a day of world significance by unifying the world in its observance and promotion of peace.
To enable peace to become an intrinsically and motivationally-driven force every day – today better than yesterday. Tomorrow, better than today.
UNAA PEACE PROGRAM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
The UNAA Peace Program runs with the active involvement of volunteers from many countries which makes it truly a multicultural group. This year we have 42 active volunteers from 35 different countries, and are mostly overseas students doing their postgraduate studies. Their passion, commitment and energy in implementing our peace building initiatives are phenomenal and are gratefully acknowledged.