We are living in a time, different to any other in human history. The problems we are facing are global in nature. They include climate change, ever decreasing biodiversity, full use of fresh water on the planet and underpinning all these—overpopulation. It is my strong belief that without peace we will be unable to achieve the levels of cooperation, inclusiveness and social equity required to begin solving these challenges, let alone empower the international institutions needed to regulate them.
It is impossible to accurately portray the devastating effects that these global challenges will have on us all unless unified global action is taken. Our shared challenges call for global solutions, and these solutions will require cooperation on a global scale unparalleled in human history.
I am a strong proponent of the need to further study, advocate and act on peace and focus on bringing a strategic approach to raising the world’s attention and awareness around the importance of peace to humanity’s survival in the 21st century.
My passion and specific interest in peace started in 2005, when I was in North East Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, monitoring a project assisting women with fistula tears. I started to wonder what the opposite of all of these stressed out countries in which I was spending time was. What were the most peaceful countries in the world and what could I learn from them?
I quickly realised that systematically measuring peace was largely new territory. As I always believed that “What gets measured gets done,” if there was no measurement of peace it is likely that it would continue to be regarded as a broadly desirable aim, but little would be done about it.
Source: APCEIU – CULTURES OF PEACE