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World Peace is Our Business – International Day of Peace

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.

Sustainable development goals for world peace

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:

  1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
  2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
  3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for everyone at all ages.
  4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities.
  5. Achieve gender equality and empower women and girls.
  6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation.
  7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy.
  8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work.
  9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
  10. Reduce inequality within and among countries.
  11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
  12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
  13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
  14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
  15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
  16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
  17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.

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.

Peace is our business

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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Lalita is a people/project manager with extensive experience in operations, HCM and training and development across industries like banking, education, business consulting, BPO and information technology. She believes in a dynamic approach to life and learning as change is the only constant.