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Peace begins with you and me

This week is International Peace Week. Each year International Peace Day is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly declared in 1982 this day as devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

According to the UN, 2 billion people are affected by conflict ie one in four of us. In 2022, 55 active conflicts were recorded in 38 conflict-affected countries. Eight of these conflicts were classified as wars – meaning over 1,000 battle-related deaths were recorded within the calendar year. And conflict is on the rise. Climate change is increasing food insecurity, water scarcity and resource competition, disrupting livelihoods and spurring migration.

Technological change is transforming social patterns, the economic fragility of states threatens pathways to peace, and the extraction of earth’s resources has contributed to new security challenges, and exacerbated the humanitarian impacts of conflict, with humanitarian needs at an all time high.

Peace has different meanings but for me it means the cessation of conflict, a state of harmony, calm and quiet, and remembering our oneness with the universe.

We have a choice to live in conflict or peace. I know I would rather live in peace and I hope most of you would prefer the same. Peace begins with you and me taking responsibility for our actions and making conscious choices to live our lives in peace. Are you willing to make peace your reality?


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