Despite a year of war, violence and tumultuous conflict, the work of our partners gives me confidence, hope and inspiration that local people can stop war and build peace, even in the world’s most fragile places. As 2016 draws to a close Chief Executive, Dylan Mathews, shares some of the years’s highlights.
Today, as we celebrate International Day of Peace, I hope that we can all take the lessons from local peacebuilders and embody them now, not tomorrow or next week. If we believe in our own power, take the lead in building peace in our communities, and engage other people directly in this, there may well be a time we no longer need to mark one day as International Day of Peace. This is my #messageofhope.
This week saw the launch of the 2016 Global Peace Index (GPI) report, which made difficult reading for anyone in our sector working to build peace around the world. According to the report the world became less peaceful and more unequal in 2015, with the world’s least peaceful countries seeing further conflict and violence.
In Paris this week, people returning to work will be trying to make sense of the terrible events that took place in their city last weekend. Lives were cut short or have been changed irrevocably. In an interconnected world, we too heard the screams and saw the blood and panic, the lifeless bodies – and … Continued
Tomorrow leaders from around the world converge on New York to take part in the UN Sustainable Development Summit. It’s a momentous occasion, when the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be approved, setting in motion 15 years of collective action to tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. And we are delighted to see that for the first time, the goals recognise the crucial links between conflict and poverty, peace and prosperity.