Over the last year, states have made significant new commitments to addressing the root causes of conflict and displacement, in both the 2030 Agenda and the Sustaining Peace resolutions. The 70th anniversary year of the United Nations saw bold new agreements from member states to “foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence” and to “bring sustained international attention to sustaining peace”. Spurred by multiple global challenges, United Nations member states adopted the Sustainable Development Goals which gives the international community a goal that focuses on peaceful, just, and inclusive societies. This is good news as for the first time, member states have formally recognised the critical nature of peacefulness in advancing global development.
In honour of the International Day of Peace, QUNO and peacebuilding organisations from around the world have issued a shared statement to UN member states on the importance of embracing the new global framework for peace. The statement calls on governments to embrace this new mandate and to mainstream peace policy, implement peace at home, foster peace around the world, support funding for peace and to protect and support civil society inclusion.
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As we celebrate the International Day of Peace, let’s use this day to encourage measurement, to hold governments to account, and ultimately, to help achieve Goal 16. Join the conversation today with #peaceday and #goal16.
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