UNESCO World Poetry Day Messages

Irina Bokova
Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO.
An archive of the official messages by the UNESCO Director General on the occasion of World Poetry Day each year.
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Global Poetry Wall

Why not post your poetry on The Global Poetry Wall? Do write your country name below your poem for everyone to see!

Human Rights Poetry

Vision of Unity in Diversity for Lasting Peace. Photo © 2015 Bert Monterona, Canada.
Poems on human rights. Click here to view all poems.

Anti-Nuclear Poetry

The Nuclear Age calls upon poets to explore the great challenges that nuclear weapons and nuclear power pose to achieving a just and peaceful human future or any future at all. In the Nuclear Age, our only salvation may be the compassion emanating from the human heart, surely a rich subject for poetic exploration. -- David Krieger
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Seeds of Yearning

Photo © beastfromeast / iStockPhoto.
In the classrooms of education and in social conversations, it is rarely discussed: What is it that makes us human? The global civilisation has continued to surpass the intellectual heights conquered in human history. Have we not yet to conquer the depths of what happens within the human, within two people and within more people as they engage?
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Love Poetry

How can the art of poetry exist without acknowledging the longing to be with someone?
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Poetry of Empowerment

Poetry of Empowerment. Photo by Roberto A Sanchez / iStockPhoto.
Photo © Roberto A Sanchez, iStockPhoto.
It is a paradox that we contain both the conflicts and the capacity to transform them; we contain both darkness and light. But at the centre of this paradox, we are not merely conflicts, we are also light. Where is this light, to bring out our inherent power, to be found?
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Anti-War Poetry

No To War. © 2002, Bert Monterona, Canada.
Can nation states give up their appetite to ‘wage wars’? Can we wage peace, dialogue and creativity instead?
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Social Justice Poetry

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Poetry on social justice. Click Here to view all poems.

Nonkiling Poetry

Malala Yousafzai. Photo © 2013 Children's Peace Prize.
“Nonkilling poetry explores the spirit and practice of how to prevent, respond to, and to improve individual, social, and global well being beyond killing.” – Glenn D. Paige
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Peacebuilding Poetry

All Out Peace Not War. © 2015, Bert Monterona, Canada.
Can human beings cultivate the capacity to engage in a dialogue, and with wisdom and maturity see others – the societies, cultures and people – in their otherness? Can we then learn to use our creative resources to reach common bases of agreement and co-exist without the need to harm?
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