International Day of Multilateralism & Diplomacy for Peace: Cooperating Towards a Peaceful World

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
South Sudan Flag Raising Ceremony.

“Maintain international peace and security”; Article 1, Charter of the United Nations

With war or armed conflicts in around 30 countries happening right now, it is crucial to support the United Nation’s first International Day for Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, on 24 April 2019. This special day aims to highlight the importance of international cooperation for building a peaceful world. Women politicians from all continents have been actively working in Women Political Leaders (WPL)  to create knowledge platforms for cooperation in the area of peace and security.

To commemorate this day, WPL showcases statements from influential personalities, who are active agents of peace.


“Women must push beyond inclusion in peace negotiations. We must challenge how many resources of our countries are put toward the military and weapons development and acquisition. We must challenge the view that more, bigger, faster weapons will keep the citizens of our countries secure. Real security requires giving resources to meet the basic needs of the citizens of our countries. We must work together to shift the balance from national security to human security.” – Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Member of the WPL Global Advisory Board


“Este siglo estará determinado por lo que logremos hacer para asegurar que las mujeres disfruten de los mismos derechos y oportunidades que los hombres. Ningún objetivo de desarrollo será posible si no lleva aparejado un compromiso innegociable con la igualdad de género.” – Rebeca Grynspan, Ibero-American Secretary General


“To me, peace is much more than the absence of war. We are not at peace if most women still experience sexual violence but are still afraid to report it. We cannot be at peace if there is still racial and gender-based discrimination anywhere. We are certainly not at peace if the rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer. We are not at peace if there is still the systematic oppression of black and brown bodies. A peaceful society is one where all of us are free from all types of abuse.” – Sandra Uwiringiyimana, Author, co-founder of Jimbere Fund

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The UN Charter

The Charter of the United Nations was signed on 26 June 1945, in San Francisco, at the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on International Organization, and came into force on 24 October 1945. The full text is available here.