International Day of Peace 2017


This year, the International Day of Peace honours the spirit of “Together,” a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life. The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme joins this call to engage and mobilize people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants.

Davy Moundongo, UNV Programme Manager for MINUSCA, speaking with young people about the importance of volunteerism and solidarity, in Bossangoa, Central African Republic. (UNV/Aka Malan, 2017)

The International Day of Peace highlights this year solidarity with refugees and migrants and showcases the shared benefits of migration to economies and nations. The "Together" campaign reminds us all of our common humanity and shared responsibilities towards one another.

The campaign also encourages young people around the world to play a vital role. Youth can volunteer to welcome and help refugees and migrants in their communities. They can also extend a hand of friendship to young refugees and migrants in their classrooms and neighbourhoods. Volunteerism in all its forms is a strong example of solidarity, collaboration and compassion that exemplify what it means to live “Together”.

UNV promotes peace by supporting refugees and host communities in places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Lebanon, Syria, South Sudan and Sudan. UNV is also a major contributor of civilian personnel to UN peacekeeping efforts in countries such as the Central African Republic, Haiti, Kosovo and Liberia, and is involved in peacebuilding initiatives in Afghanistan, Colombia, Mali and Ukraine. Serving in UN Missions and communities across all these countries, UN Volunteers are truly dedicated ambassadors of peace.

The stories below show UNV’s comprehensive engagement and response to conflict and its consequences all over the world, from prevention efforts and peacekeeping initiatives to the implementation of peace agreements through disarmament and reintegration, reconciliation and dialogue.