The United Nations has an agenda for the planet – where all the countries co-exist in shared prosperity, peace and partnership, ending poverty in all its forms and embracing a future of promise and opportunity. Toward this ideal, September 21 has been declared a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples – as the International Day of Peace.
The theme for the International Day of Peace 2016 is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.” Let’s look at the Sustainable Development Goals, which were unanimously adopted by the Member States of the United Nations to meet its ambitious goals for the planet – to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all – in the next 15 years – by 2030.
These Sustainable Development Goals are aimed at achieving peace in our time, as development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing. They’re a shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world’s leaders and the people, they set out a to-do list for people and planet as well as a blueprint for success. These goals address the challenges faced today by mankind such as poverty, hunger, diminishing natural resources, water scarcity, social inequality, environmental degradation, diseases, corruption, racism and xenophobia. Curtailing them is important because they disrupt peace and create fertile grounds for conflict.
Here are the building blocks for peace:
These goals have been identified as critical to meet our goal of world peace. Many of these require means of implementation, including financial resources, technology development and transfer and capacity-building as well as major partnerships. These are the goals for every citizen of the world, and each of us must accept our stake in these goals and contribute any way we can.
World peace encourages peaceful commerce and better acceptance of other citizens of the world. It encourages peaceful co-existence and inclusiveness and leads to thriving diversity. Diversity leads to innovation, better cultural competence and improved trustworthiness, putting businesses on the road to growth and success.
Make it your business to work toward world peace!
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