“The United Nations was born from war. Today we must be here for peace.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

The United Nations established the International Day of Peace in 1981. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate this Day as one of non-violence and cease-fire.

Peace is at the core of sustainable development. It is a key driver of healthy communities and economies. Many successes achieved under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including reductions in child mortality and communicable diseases, are directly correlated with the stability of peaceful societies. And that is why peace must be at the center of our work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Our need to build peace is an urgent one: the world is witnessing increased violence. Nearly 60% of preventable child mortality occurs in areas of conflict or post-conflict. Violence permeate all facets of life, including at home. One in three women worldwide has experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence.

The Office of the Special Envoy is working with partners across sectors and around the world, including government, NGOs, business, philanthropy and academia, to achieve our common goals of peaceful communities and societies – and to take actions to deliver and sustain that peace.