Mike DiCioccio



Got Peace?


Have you ever witnessed children getting picked on for their appearance or beliefs, or watched an innocent drafted soldier get injured in a seemingly pointless battle?  Or perhaps you have casually witnessed a teenage fist fight on a street or in a mall corridor? These are all examples of violent conflicts and, believe it or not, they happen all the time. Similar conflicts called war occur between different nations in our world today. The United Nations, or the U.N., has taken part in noticing these growing problems and has been working on correcting them since their creation.


Fortunately, along with other organizations, the U.N. has been positively influencing teens from all around the world. An article written by Carole Sumner Krechman and Brandon F. Shamin, called  Learning the Art of Making Peace-NGO Watch”,  is a prime source that supports these statements. For the world is a big puzzle, and peace is the glue that holds it together. The children of today are the puzzle builders of tomorrow.  With this idea in mind, the U.N.’s main objective is to provide peace for the entire world, starting with our youth.


The U.N. originated during World War II, in an effort to deal with international problems that posed a threat to world peace.  Different sections of the U.N. include the Secretariat, the General Assembly, and the Security Council.  The Security Council is made up of fifteen members. It’s permanent original members  are comprised of the United States, the People’s Republic of China, Great Britain, France, and the former U.S.S.R.  Growing larger over the years, the U.N. now consists of more than one hundred and fifty members (“United Nations [U.N.]”).


The U.N. was, and still is, a major part of the world’s peace goals, be it battles and wars or street gangs and bullies.  It is the U.N.’s job to tackle conflict being solved improperly, especially when it causes any type of injury or death.  Through many attempts, they have dug for more and more ways to spread the word “peace” to youths around the world. 


In stride to put an end to conflict, many teens have listened to the U.N.’s voice and yearned to learn better self-control, judgment, and life skills.  Teenagers influenced by the U.N. like this have joined a group called the Peacemaker Corps Association, or the P.C.A. The P.C.A.’s objective is to strengthen peace building strictly among adolescents.  It  allows teens not only in the United States, but also internationally from all different backgrounds to learn better peace-making skills.  For many teens, the P.C.A. is considered the light at the end of the tunnel.  It has opened up the futures for teens that have been struggling, and it allows all teens to have an impact in the future of society (“UN Chronicle: Learning the Art of Making Peace- NGO Watch”).


With the topic of peace comes many different opinions, some probably doubting how effective world peace really is.  It is very important!  Major conflicts being solved with violence, such as war, can kill and injure more people in a shorter period of time than casualties caused by accidents or natural disasters.  And to think that that many lives could have been saved if people turned to peaceful solutions instead of turning to violence when a problem occurred.  Compare:  the cost of weapons, soldiers’ clothing and food vs. the cost of sacrifice and peaceful negotiations.  Compare again:  the time invested in hospital visits, lawyers and court due to a gang fight vs. the time it takes to say I’m sorry or I’d like to work this out with you in a peaceful way.  The answer to this problem is obvious:  Peace. 


Throughout history, the U.N. has been making efforts to spread world peace.  With the theory to spread peace amongst young minds, the U.N. believed that in future years peace would be more widespread and efficient than ever before.  Many youths have taken the U.N.’s advice and joined other peace-making organizations like P.C.A. to obtain a better understanding of peace in their own lives.  The world is a big puzzle, and peace is the glue that holds it together.  Today's youth are the puzzle builders of tomorrow.





UN Chronicle: Learning the Art of Making Peace-NGO Watch 14 September 2004. UN Chronicle <http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1309/is-3-40/ai-111027108>


“United Nations (U.N.)” American Concise Encyclopedia CD-Rom. 2000ed.