This Friday, 21st September, is the UN’s International Day of Peace.
It is a call for all people, in all nations, in all places in all the world to come together and stop fighting.
Just for one day.
Do you think you could do that?
Imagine if you could.
Without armed conflict, we could build up the pillars of sustainable development.
Natural resources could be used for the benefit of society, not to finance wars.
Children could be in school, not recruited into armies.
National budgets could focus on building human capacity, not deadly weapons.
This year saw world leaders, civil society, local authorities and the private sector meeting together in peace in Rio de Janeiro for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development.
They were looking for a way to commit to long term sustainable development, so that there will be a better future for all.
But sustainable development requires sustainable peace, which itself requires sustainable development.
“Peace is not merely a distant goal which we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
The root causes of many conflicts are directly related to or fuelled by valuable natural resources, such as diamonds, gold, oil, timber or water. Addressing the ownership, control and management of natural resources is crucial to maintaining security and restoring the economy in post-conflict countries.
Good natural resource management can play a central role in building sustainable peace in post-conflict societies.
“Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved through understanding.” – Albert Einstein
The International Day of Peace offers people around the world a shared date to think about how, individually, they can contribute to ensuring that natural resources are managed in a sustainable manner, thus reducing potential for disputes, and paving the road to a sustainable future, the “Future We Want“.
On the International Day of Peace, the United Nations calls for a complete cessation of hostilities around the world.
I call for it.
The world calls for it.
At noon local time, please observe a minute of silence for the International Day of Peace. Think about how you can contribute to a better future. Think about victims of conflict, and honour them.
On the International Day of Peace, we call on combatants around the world to find peaceful solutions to their conflicts.
Let us all work together for a safe, just and prosperous future for all.
on behalf of The World
(by proxy of this blog/email and the United Nations).
PS – How will you honour the International Day of Peace? I’d love to hear about it.