UN Presents “Tree of Peace” to mark International Day of Peace

UN Staff presents Dr. Laila, a Curro Roodeplaat High School representative with a tree. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

UN Staff presents Dr. Laila, a Curro Roodeplaat High School representative with a tree. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

To mark International Day of Peace the United Nations visited the Curro Roodeplaat High School in Pretoria, where nearly 200 students gathered to listen to messages on the role of the UN in peace-building and development.

The UN Information Centre’s Librarian Hope Kabamba read a global message from the Secretary-General Ban ki Moon, calling for an end to the killing and destruction in various parts of the world.

International Day of Peace is observed annually on 21st September. This year’s theme was “Partnerships for Peace- Dignity for All”.

UN staff Member, Hope Kabamba presenting the work of the UN to the learners. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

UN staff Member, Hope Kabamba presenting the work of the UN to the learners. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

It was a day of fun and activity for the students who took part in a quiz, asked questions about the Millennium Development Goals which are now being replaced by Sustainable Development Goals, and watched a video on the structure of the global organisation and how it operates.

As a mark of Peace, the UN presented a small Schotia Latifolia Tree to the school. The African Tree which grows up 15 metres high. It has attractive pink blossoms and is seen a symbol of universal purity, peace and hope. in some parts of southern Africa.