About Us

Mission Statement

“Empower the education community to promote a just and peaceful world.”


World Citizen is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to support Peace Education and the concept of World Citizenship. It was founded by Lynn Elling and launched on United Nations Sunday in 1982. World Citizen focuses its activities on children and youth following the advice of Mahatma Ghandi who said, “If we are to reach real Peace in this world, we shall have to begin with the children.: In that spirit, World Citizen today touches thousands of young people through its three programs, the Peace Education Project, the International Peace Site Program, and the Nobel Peace Prize Festival.

International Peace Sites commit to upholding the following five principles:

  • Protect the environment
  • Promote intercultural understanding and celebrate diversity
  • Seek peace within yourself and others
  • Reach out in service
  • Be a responsible citizen of the world