The UN has stressed the need for peace education at childhood to promote ideals of non-violence, equality and mutual respect.
UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson and UN Secretary-General António Guterres both stated this at an all-day event in New York with a focus on early childhood development.
Thomson, who convened the high-level event, said it was to emphasize how to achieve a culture of peace amid current global challenges and threats to stability, prosperity and the planet.
He underscored the need to teach children the values of peace, tolerance, equality and respect, adding that they should be under no illusions as to the self-destructiveness of the alternative.
Guterres on his part, called young men and women “the barometer of social discontent, economic marginalization and political exclusion,” and said they must be recognised as active agents of change and custodians of peace.