PRETORIA – 21 September 2016 – This year, to commemorate the International Day of Peace, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) partnered with UN Volunteers and the African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) to educate learners on peace and its link to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The day began at Curro Independent School in Roodeplaat where primary school learners were informed and quizzed about their knowledge of the UN and what peace means to them with many saying that peace “is to not fight and to find solutions to conflicts”
The Day’s theme for 2016 was “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.” Media and communication students from the Boston Media House and the Tshwane University of Technology.
The students actively engaged with Ambrose Toolit, Head of Programme at UN Voluntees and Kwezi Mngqibisa, the Coordinator of the Somalia Initiative at ACCORD on what it means to be a peacekeeper and to support peacekeeping missions on the African continent.
From this interaction, media students at both universities are being encouraged to write an article on peace building and the role of media in peacekeeping which will be featured in the Pretoria News newspaper.
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
For more information or media interviews, contact:
Media contact: Zeenat Abdool,
National Information Officer
Phone: 082 77 88 080 and 012 354 8507