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Call for Applications for 2023 Global Youth Peace Challenge (YPC) for International Day of Peace is Now Open!

26 June - 31 July

Dear all,

Warmest greetings from POP Dialogue.

POP Dialogue is pleased to announce the call-for-application of the “2023 Global Youth Peace Challenge (YPC) for International Day of Peace (21 Sept. 2023) – Actions for Peace: Ambitions for Action for the #GlobalGoals

2023 International Day of Peace (IDP) Message

UN 2nd SDGs Summit


POP Dialogue

The 2023 YPC began on 13 June 2023 with the 100-day countdown message for the International Day of Peace (21 Sept.) by the UN Secretary-General.

The 2023 YPC will be conducted in two languages – English and Korean.

Application in English  (Korean language

The initial deadline for application – 30 June 2023.

The Deadline for the Submission of the Essay – 31 July 2023.

There will be webinars in early July to introduce the theme and guidelines for essay writing and group discussion for those who will have registered in time.

Do contact us with your organizational logo and brochure if your organization wants to join as a partner organization for YPC 2023.

Partner organizations are expected to promote YPC in your networks to encourage youths (16-25) to join the program and may nominate a member of the Panel of Judges.

Please share this with your youth colleagues and friends (aged 16-25) who are interested and eligible for the YPC.

The detailed guidelines and logistical info will be shared with those who have applied online.


POP Dialogue

Organizing Committee for 2023 YPC


Theme for the International Day of Peace (IDP) 2023

UN Secretary General Message for the 100-Day Countdown to the IDP

13 June 2023

Actions for peace: Our ambition for the #GlobalGoals

Each year the International Day of Peace (IDP) is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. Never has our world needed peace more.

This year’s theme is Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the #GlobalGoals. It is a call to action that recognizes our individual and collective responsibility to foster peace. Fostering peace contributes to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will create a culture of peace for all.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said, “Peace is needed today more than ever. War and conflict are unleashing devastation, poverty, and hunger, and driving tens of millions of people from their homes. Climate chaos is all around. And even peaceful countries are gripped by gaping inequalities and political polarization.”

2023 marks the mid-point in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. The 2023 observance of the International Day of Peace coincides with the SDG summit (18 – 19 September) to mark the mid-point milestone.

The SDGs aim to bring us closer to having more peaceful, just, and inclusive societies, free from fear and violence. But without the buy-in and contribution of a wide range of actors including the 1.2 billion young people alive, the goals will not be achieved. We invite you to join the United Nations’ call to take action for peace: fight inequality, drive action on climate change, and promote and protect human rights.

2023 is also the 75th anniversaries of both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide. IDP 2023 encourages all youth to be ambitious in their engagement as positive and constructive social agents, to join the movement to reach the SDGs and contribute to building sustainable peace. Together we can help to lead our world towards a greener, more equitable, just, and secure future for all.


CoNGO Notes: For information about the collaborative work of NGOs on the above issues, visit the substantive committees under the auspices of CoNGO. See below for specific information about the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security, NGO Committee on Disarmament (Geneva) Chair:  Hayley Ramsay-Jones | Soka Gakkai International |, and NGO Committee on Peace in Vienna, Chair: Maria Riehl | WFWPI |



26 June
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