The United Nations (UN) has launched the first social media platform dedicated to peace.
The international organization said in a press release on Friday that the number of social media websites found on the Internet today is uncountable, yet there is no single site exclusively dedicated to promoting the culture of peace.
"With newsfeeds filled with conflicts, terrorism, and political problems, it’s clear that peace needs a digital home," the UN said.
This was the driving force behind "Civic Peace Corps", a new social media platform created to enable people to interact, share and network for peace.
"Built on the momentum from last year’s first online demonstration for peace, which was attended digitally by some 4,000 demonstrators, civicpeacorps.org is an avenue for expression, dialogue and education on issues related to peace," the press statement reads.
Civic Peace Corps, the UN said, is more than just a forum: it also has three distinct spaces where users can meet. At "Exchange for Peace", users can share with other users experiences, thoughts, comments, and opinions. Moreover, the "Educate for Peace" section helps raise awareness and teach new information about peace, such as UN resolutions, Secretary-General’s messages, UN activities on peace, and more.
Any participant can anonymously comment on what’s posted on civicpeacecorps.org, however, registration also allows users to post content and upload images, documents, and even videos that relate to the pursuit of peace. Users can either enter their personal information manually, or select to log-in using their Facebook account. Only a profile picture and the name of a user can be seen by anyone else on the network.
Once registered, users can belong to a network of like-minded people, anywhere around the globe, advocating peace.
The statement quoted Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon on the 32nd International Day of Peace as saying, "Let us all reflect on peace – and what it means for our human family".
With civicpeacecorps.org, users will have a platform to share their thoughts with their human family.