Rone de Beauvoir is a Global Goodwill Ambassador and Executive Director, International Executive Board IIPL and Founder/CEO of FISH
When Peace Breaks Out: There’s a Fraternity Among Nations
Great generals know that they lose some battles, but they don’t worry about this because ultimately they will win the war. They understand that the lost of battles provide them with opporuntites to better fortify themselves against the enemy later on. They understand the importance of persverance. To prevail you must perservere even when injustice is not a black-and-white issue. Likewise, it can be said that in order to have peace, you must daily persevere. Putting it simply, peace is freedom from disturbance; and tranquility.
Peace is a concept of societal friendship and harmony in the absence of hostility and violence. In a social sense, peace is commonly used to mean a lack of conflict and freedom from fear of violence between individuals or groups. One of the most import conversations in the world today as it relates to peace is #UN75. Amid #COVID-19, more than 1 million people from all over the world have declared what they want for their future, and the answer may surprise you. It’s peace. Born to prevent war, the UN at 75 faces a deeply polarized world. Despite what you may think, there are clear challenges that lie ahead in collaborating to beat the coronavirus pandemic, while ending numerous smaller conflicts whether the Middle East, Africa and/or achieve U.N. Goals to eradicate extreme poverty and preserve the environment by 2030. Peace remains at the top of the United Nations list.
Humanitarian Efforts and Peace-Building
Covid-19 is a stark reminder of the need for cooperation across borders, sectors and generations. Our response will determine how fast the world recovers, whether we achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and how well we handle pressing challenges: from the climate crisis to pandemics, inequalities, new forms of violence, and rapid changes in technology and in our population. The world is less peaceful today than at any time in the last decade. For example:
1. 92 countries deteriorated whilst 71 countries improved between 2016 and 2017 – the worst
result in the last four years.
2. Over the last decade, the GDP growth of countries that improved in peace was seven times
higher than that of countries that deteriorated in peace.
3. Military expenditure as a portion of GDP has been falling in more countries than increasing
4. The number of battle deaths each year has trended upward over the last decade, increasing by
264 per cent over that time.
5. Both Europe and North America became less peaceful over the last year, along with another
four regions. 23 of the 36 countries in Europe deteriorated.
6. The economic impact of violence was $14.8 trillion in 2017 or 12.4 per cent of global GDP –
equivalent to nearly $2,000 per person.
7. For the first time in modern history, refugees made up almost 1 per cent of the global population
in 2017 – greater than the population of the UK or nearly half the population of Russia. The 2018 GPI reveals a world in which the tensions, conflicts, and crises that emerged in the last decade remain unresolved, resulting in a gradual, sustained fall in peacefulness. The largest contributors to the deterioration in the last year were the escalations in both interstate and internal armed conflicts, rise in political terror and reduced commitment to UN peacekeeping. Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Iraq and Somalia are the least peaceful countries whilst Iceland, New Zealand, Austria, Portugal and Denmark are the most peaceful countries.
Finally, let us sum up some of the main arguments used by the Nobel Committee on Peace. Repeatedly, it has chosen human symbols, people who through their good deeds can serve as examples for contemporary and future generations. According to the Committee, these “champions of brotherly love” or “self-sacrificing” men and women served the cause of peace by holding out a helping hand to victims of armed conflicts, like prisoners of war and refugees. The wish to heal the wounds of war was in itself an important factor in the deliberations. The Committee strongly believed that bitterness and calls for revenge could be reduced by humanitarian aid. It also favored people and organizations striving for the principle that humanitarian rights should be codified by international conventions. This meant a steady support to aid organizations of the United Nations and a growing challenge to the principle of non-intervention. The daily headlines offer no hope, but the fireworks of life is not reason to assume peace cannot prevail. Troubles, too, can boom through our hearts, minds, homes, villages and/or communities. The “fireworks” of life’s peace and of life—family struggles, relationship problems, work challenges,financial strain, even spiritual and poltical division– can feel like explosions, rattling our emotional atmosphere. When we embrace peace the disruptions become quiet and disunity disvallued.
Peace can be acquired when we consume its presence with great desire!
Perhaps this is why many voices declare and decree the words –No Justice, No Peace.
Rone de Beauvoir is a Global Goodwill Ambassador and Executive Director, International Executive Board IIPL and Founder/CEO of FISH Foundation Global Nation and a modern-day Renaissance woman with success as an International Award Winning Speaker, Lifestyle Coach, Empowerment Lecturer, Brand Strategist, Social Entrepreneur, Global Humanitarian with a passion for outreach to the world’s most impoverished citizens, and Author.