If you could create a better and more peaceful world, what would you change?
When it comes to implementing change for the greater good of humanity and world peace, it is crucial to keep various societal factors in mind. One's definition of peace may not relate to another individual, hence although establishing and maintain equilibrium is vital, preaching the right accords is critical too. Keeping the world in mind, the United Nations declared the International Day of Peace on 21 September each year, marking efforts to bring the world closer to a state of harmony and further away from violence.
World peace is a commonly debated issue today. Questions that arise are: Will it ever be attained? When? Is it even possible? These questions have reached the minds of everyone, with a variety of opinions. However, everyone has a different thought, and no one knows. Here are some surprising facts about peace and the quest to achieve it:
21 September marks the International Day of Peace.
The International Day of Peace celebrated on 21 September every year, is a day that is truly without war. One day of peace may not be much. But it is a start that would show that world peace is possible. The 2020 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Shaping Peace Together.” Celebrate the day by spreading compassion, kindness and hope in the face of the pandemic. Stand together with the UN against attempts to use the virus to promote discrimination or hatred.
Peace is more common than we think.
Through the course of human history, most societies have enjoyed peace, most of the time. Some communities have avoided war altogether or for very long periods. One study found that a tenth of societies never experienced war and over half experienced it only once a generation.
In the twenty-first century, most regions of the world are more peaceful than they have been for generations – if not ever.
Humans alive today are less likely to die because of wars or atrocities than their parents or grandparents. Conflict is at its lowest point in centuries and has been for nearly three decades.
The search for peace is as old as war itself.
For as long as there has been war, there have been people trying to find ways of resolving disputes without it. The search for world peace can be traced back to centuries. The importance of peace may not have had much emphasis in the past; however, in recent times, peace has been perceived to be of utmost importance.
Gender equality makes states and societies more peaceful.
Gender-equal societies are far more peaceful than patriarchal societies. More gender-equal societies are less likely to wage aggressive disturbances, and more likely to support international institutions.
Living together in peace and harmony.
In recent times, there has been a significant emphasis on communal peace and harmony. It is vital to ensure that communities live together irrespective of religion, race, ethnicity or creed. Individuals are co-dependent on each other for their basic survival; communal disharmony only increases the rift and creates an imbalance. We must educate and create awareness towards the social inequalities present within societies. Promoting peace within a community guarantees an equilibrium and contributes to a healthy and prosperous nation or planet.
Peace and economic development go hand in hand, as does war and economic decline. As a basic rule of thumb, societies become less prone to experiencing civil war the wealthier they become. That is not to say that middle-income countries never experience civil war, just that it is much rarer. There is also a connection between the level of economic inequality and a society's risk of mass atrocities.
Extending peace to the environment.
Many times, we have taken the environment for granted. For aeons after aeons, we have abused our motherland and have paid little to no attention towards the injustice faced by animals, environment, living organisms etc. Our careless and selfish behaviours must end before it is too late to salvage what is left of the planet. It is essential to extend our peaceful activities to the living organisms and animals that cannot speak up against the injustice they face. Be the voice against the atrocities faced by them and create awareness for their well-being.
UN peacekeeping works.
The UN peacekeeping operations help prevent wars, shorten them, limit civilian suffering, and reduce the likelihood of recurring. The greater the number of peacekeepers deployed, the greater these positive effects tend to be.
It is vital to educate the public about the concept of peace and its factors. For instance, to get an in-depth understanding of peace, one must also be aware of the idea of peacebuilding. What is it, and how does peacebuilding contribute towards maintaining world peace?
What is Peacebuilding?
Peacebuilding is about dealing with the reasons why people fight in the first place and supporting societies to manage their differences and conflicts without resorting to violence. It aims to prevent the outbreak, escalation, continuation, and recurrence of power, so can take place before, during and after conflicts. It is a long-term and collaborative process, as it involves changes in attitudes, behaviours, and norms.
Peacebuilding also shoulders the responsibilities against the discrimination faced by our planet. It overlooks the various and prevents a natural disaster or human-made calamity before it occurs.
Keeping the current scenario of the COVID - 19 in mind, it is essential to maintain peace and harmony within the world. The world is currently very brittle, and the population is tiptoeing until the planet stabilizes from the pandemic. Hence educating the public about the importance of peace and the urgency to normalize is of utmost priority.