Videos produced by students all over the world highlighting how sustainable development can build peace have been posted on You Tube, to mark the International Day of Peace on September 21.
The videos, produced by students from India, Belgium, Kenya, Zambia, Kasakhstan and many more countries can be found here.
The students were invited to submit the videos by the United Nations’ Education Outreach Section for Peace Day, which is observed around the world on 21 September, and is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
This year’s theme is focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Sustainability addresses the fundamental needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
Modern challenges such as poverty, hunger, diminishing natural resources, water scarcity, social inequality, environmental degradation, diseases, corruption, racism and xenophobia, among others, create fertile grounds for conflict.
Sustainable development can help eliminate these of these causes of conflict. Peace, meanwhile, allows for the conditions for sustainable development and the sharing of resources needed for societies to develop and prosper.
The Secretary-General will celebrate Peace Day at the Peace Garden at United Nations Headquarters by ringing the Peace Bell and observing a minute of silence on September 16.