PeaceDay 2021 – Youth Assembly

The illustration shows actionable commitments – for a just world for all – created by the Youth Assembly in the days leading up to the Peaceday 2021

A Peace Week To Remember

In connection with UN’s International Day of Peace hundreds of young change-makers came together on Youth Island – a former sea fortress located a short sailing trip from the UN City in Copenhagen. Over 2 days they engaged in a variety of workshops and activities addressing the burning question:

How can we collaborate across borders and generations to meet the needs of all within the limits of the planet ?

The Peaceday Youth Assembly on Youth Island was an opportunity to celebrate peace together and enter into a dialogue with representatives from different UN agencies, Copenhagen’s Mayor of Children and Youth, and representatives from different NGOs and youth organizations.

Click on the video below to screen highlights from the event

The week leading to the Peaceday 2021 and the results

During the week leading up to the gathering on Youth Island, the Peaceday Youth Assembly hosted around 120 local events (Peace pop-ups) and 4 regional meet-ups in 4 different time zones across the planet.

On September 19th youth representatives from the four regions came together to discuss the burning question and agree on a series of actionable steps. The youth Assembly had invited some prominent change leaders to participate as “Key Note Listeners” and offer feedback to the young participants based on their many years of experience.  The result was a fun and open intergenerational dialogue that crossed borders, cultures, and networks.

Click on the video to screen highlights from some of the Peace Pop-Ups and the regional meetings

After the Peaceday 2021 event, a group of harvesters was assigned to gather all the ideas, actions, and commitments that had been generated by youth from all over the world. The harvest was turned into a ”Commitments Document” which you can read by clicking the photo on the left.

Peaceday 2021 Online

The event on Youth island served as an epicenter for the global event, harnessing the energy and ideas of the participants in a live stream that went out to a large global audience via our collective networks and their social media channels.

Representatives from the Global Youth Assembly were featured on AIME TV in Australia and together with our global partner Ubiquity University, we co-hosted a Humanity Rising webinar with special guests like Emmanuel Jal who shared his compelling life story and got everyone on the dance floor, as well as ARKAI,  who delivered a breathtaking live performance. 

Topping it all some of our Youth Assembly delegates participated in a panel discussion with our great partners Community Arts NetworkChangeMakerXchangeDoughnut Economics Action LabInitiatives of Change, and The Pop Movement.