NEW YORK | Syracuse Seeds joined more than 500 participants at the United Nations International Day of Peace Summit on September 19. The 27 Seeds traveled from Syracuse to New York City in order to share their projects that advance peace in their communities with a global audience.
The program brought together students from across the country as well as youth delegations from Africa via live real-time video. Participants shared visions of global peace before the Ambassadors of Peace panel, which included renowned UN Messenger of Peace primatologist Jane Goodall, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Midori Goto, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
“I think it’s important to remember those whose voices have been extinguished,” said one Syracuse Seed. “It’s a way to establish our own policies of tolerance and remind us of why we must work for peace.”
Another added, “I learned that other people had ideas, similar to my own, that they acted on. This made me realize that I can make a difference.”