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Dear World, From the World

Dear World,


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.


Thank you,

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.

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Giant fish sculpture made from plastic bottles in Rio

Saw this and just had to share:

Giant fish sculptures in Rio made from plastic bottles

These sculptures are made from discarded plastic bottles, on Botafogo beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as part of the UN Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) .  See more at Giant Fish Sculptures and Flickr.

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World Environment Day

World Environment Day and the Green Economy

World Environment Day 2012

June 05 2012

Today is the United Nation’s World Environment Day, being celebrated in thousands of ways in countries all over the world.  It is a way to stimulate worldwide awareness of environmental issues, to encourage political attention and action.  On a personal level, WED encourages you to get involved, become an agent for change, support sustainability and equitable development, and realise that it is everyone’s responsibility to look after our planet’s well being.

You have the power to make a difference.

People from all over the world are coming together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations.  World Environment Day is the UN Environment Programme’s call to action.  A recognition of individuals, communities and countries who are making a difference – from planting a tree to stopping the use of plastic bags to reducing the illegal deforestation of the Amazon.  Activities take place year round, but today they culminate in a huge celebration of the environment.  Why don’t you join in?

The Green Economy

The theme of WED this year is Green Economy: Does it include you?  But what is the Green Economy?

The UN Environment Programme defines the Green Economy as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.  I.e., a green economy can be thought of as one which is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.

Practically speaking, a Green Economy is one whose growth in income and employment is driven by public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency, and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services.  These investments need to be catalyzed and supported by targeted public expenditure, policy reforms and regulation changes.

But what does all this mean for you?  Well, this essentially what the second part of the theme is all about.  If the Green Economy is about social equity and inclusiveness then technically it is all about you!  The question therefore asks you to find out more about the Green Economy and assess whether, in your country, you are being included in it.

– From the UNEP website

Isn’t it nice, how much the UN cares about everyone.

Of course, it all came about because of the global financial crisis.  Running things the way we used to do is clearly no longer an option, so the Green Economy is the UN’s proposal for an alternative – and more sustainable – way of doing business.  The UNEP-led Green Economy Initiative is a working mechanism through which a green economy can be achieved, especially through the creation of millions of new ‘green’ jobs.  Sounds pretty good to me.  Any means by which sustainable economic growth can be achieved should be top of the list for any government.  And don’t forget – the implementation of these ideas gives consumers purchasing power by which we can support green industries and initiatives, ultimately leading to a sustainable future.

So get out there and get involved.

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