Building peace in the minds of men and women

Launch of the Book “Long Walk of Peace: Towards a Culture of Prevention”

When, local time: 
Thursday, 24 May 2018 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
Switzerland, Geneva
Type of Event: 
Special Event
Ann-Belinda Preis,

The Book “Long Walk of Peace: Towards a Culture of Prevention” will be launched in the United Nations Library in Geneva, Switzerland, on 24 May 2018.

How can the United Nations best address the imperatives of peace? Long Walk of Peace presents a fresh review of the conceptual and practical approaches to peace since the creation of the UN. Through an in-depth theoretical analysis, combined with a presentation of innovative practices across 32 UN bodies, it explores the long, steady haul towards peace and provides inspiration for the way forward.

In 2015, UNESCO partnered with the Abat Oliba CEU University (Barcelona, Spain) and the UNESCO Liaison Office in Geneva to launch a research publication, “Long Walk of Peace: Towards a Culture of Prevention”.

The publication analyses the value of peace as the first pillar of the United Nations’ work and one of the main objectives of UNESCO. Against the backdrop of Agenda 2030, and particularly SDG 16, it highlights the perspectives of 32 UN entities on the challenges of peacebuilding, and explores how they have perceived and contributed to the peace agenda within their own areas of competence.

The publication represents the collaborative efforts of scholars, experts and UN staff from a wide range of backgrounds. Long Walk of Peace, through its conceptual history and robust analysis, shows that peace is a dynamic process and a continuous journey of discovery. Thereby, the book provides a unique understanding of the emerging priorities of ‘sustaining peace’ and promoting ‘a culture of prevention’. As such it is an expression of UNESCO’s mandate to serve as a laboratory of ideas and thereby help advance the imperatives underscored by Agenda 2030.