URI Celebrates 21 Years of Peacebuilding

7 June 2021, 7:16 PM

Watch URI's 21st anniversary special broadcast. Join URI members and leadership from around the world as we celebrate 21 years of peacebuilding. With panel discussions, videos, music, and more, we will enjoy a look back over the last two decades and look eagerly ahead to the next.

This broadcast was livestreamed on June 26, 2021.

Thank you for joining us to celebrate 21 years of URI in 2021. This year, URI celebrated our anniversary with a broadcast featuring voices of peacebuilders from around the world who make the URI global network strong and beautiful.

Come watch the videos, and share your URI story with us! Email [email protected] with stories of what the URI network means to you. We welcome stories told by email, video, voice recording, or any artistic media. 

The past 21 years have been remarkable. We look forward to what the future brings!

In Further Conversation with URI's Founding Members

URI's founding members reflect on the past 21 years and the incredible journey of launching the world’s largest grassroots interfaith peacebuilding network. Join us for an in-depth discussion with:

Rev. Cannon Charles P. Gibbs; Rosalia Gutierrez; Rabbi Doug Kahn; Kay Lindahl; Perry McCary; Karimah Stauch; and Dra. Enoé Texier; with URI Founder and President The Rt. Rev. William E. Swing.

URI Europe Presents "Connecting to the Global Agenda: Taking the Next Step Towards the SDGs"

Presented by members of Bridges CC (a URI member group), the participants make a pledge towards incorporating one of four SDGs (poverty, education, water, and peace) in their interfaith work through the selection of one respective target they deem most urgent. This event aired live on June 25 as part of URI's 21st Anniversary Celebration for World UNITY Week 2021.

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Presented by URI Coordinator Nyasha Mukaratirwa with members of Justice Desk (a URI member group). The Justice Desk presents the work of Youth Ambassadors Project, where children are standing up for the rights of children.

This event aired live on June 24 as part of URI's 21st Anniversary Celebration for World UNITY Week 2021.

Let’s Talk! What Does Meaningful Youth Participation Look Like? 

Five URI youth organizers from different parts of the world, who are working to enhance youth engagement in their contexts, discuss strategies and mechanisms for meaningful youth participation. They are in dialogue with Youth Policy expert Noella Richard from the UNDP. 

This event aired live on June 23 as part of URI's 21st Anniversary Celebration for World UNITY Week 2021.

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A joint program of three URI regions - presented by North America, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East & North Africa.

Grassroots communities are central to the work of environmental stewardship. URI staff (Enoé Texier, Mamoun Ahmad, & Tahil Sharma) and URI Cooperation Circle members share about the diversity of land, cultures, and faiths in their regions. Hear how URI members from various regions of the network work for a sustainable world, including the purpose and impact of peacebuilding work on the ground.

This event aired live on June 25 as part of URI's 21st Anniversary Celebration for World UNITY Week 2021.

This event features URI member group Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons, with prominent speakers including The Right Rev. William E. Swing, URI President and Founding Trustee, The Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C., Former Canadian Senator, and Kehkashan Basu, Founder and President of Green Hope Foundation.

This event aired live on June 25 as part of URI's 21st Anniversary Celebration for World UNITY Week 2021.


If you missed last year's 20th-anniversary broadcast, you can watch it here.