International Peace Week
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International Peace Week

Today, the world is living the most peaceful time in human history. We also have the highest quality of life compared to our predecessors. That said, conflicts persist, and people around the world suffer their consequences.

For this reason, it’s essential to continue seeking and promoting peace. This means eradicating war and conflict. However, it also involves moving forward agendas on education, equality, non-discrimination, and economic inclusion.

Current State of Peace in the World

To some extent, most countries in the world today live in peace. Some places do see high rates of violence and insecurity. Yet others face full-blown conflict—either between countries, within a country, or in a specific region.

Currently, major conflicts are taking place in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Yemen. They have claimed the lives of over 10,000 people in the past year on average. In fact, the war in Afghanistan has killed an estimated 1.2 to 2 million people since 1978, while the Syrian civil war has possibly claimed up to half a million lives since its start in 2011. It has also displaced nearly half of the country’s population.

You can learn more about current global, regional, national, and local conflicts here.

Putting an End to Global Conflicts

The biggest human dream is to experience true world peace. That’s what so many of us strive towards. Here are some of the main initiatives and organizations working towards this goal:

International Peace Day

The world celebrates International Peace Day on September 21st each year. It is an occasion to reflect on ways that we can make the world safer and more peaceful. Also, it’s an opportunity to remember all those who have fallen victims to conflict. To learn more about this year’s celebrations or get involved, click here.

 Global Peace Week Celebrations

In addition to International Peace Day, various institutions organize week-long peace celebrations. These involve conferences, activities, talks, digital events, and more. Here are some interesting global peace weeks and their dates:

Peacekeeping Missions

One of the truest expressions of maintaining peace in the world are the UN peacekeeping missions. They serve as neutral agents that help to keep the peace during times of conflict. Over the past 70 years, the UN has deployed 71 peacekeeping missions. 14 are still active today.

NGOs Keeping Peace

Hundreds of organizations around the world work hard each day to keep the peace. We’ve highlighted 22 NGOs working towards peace and to eradicate conflict. However, we believe that each organization that works towards peace is making the world a better place.

Nobel Peace Prize Winners

Last, but not least, we’d like to celebrate the people who have made getting this far possible. These are individuals who dedicated their lives to creating a peaceful world for us to live in. Nobel Peace Prize winners like Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, and Malala Yousafzai have had true impact.

At the same time, organizations have also won the Nobel Peace Prize. This includes the International Committee of the Red Cross, Amnesty International, and most recently, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

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