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The UN's International Day of Peace was celebrated on 21 September, highlighting global efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 16 which strives for a more peaceful and just world. Because of the challenges we face today, there is no better time to commit to a universal framework that puts peace, justice and inclusion at the front and centre of every country's development planning.
The challenge now is to turn high-level political commitments into reality. There are a number of steps that the international community can take to make this happen, such as mainstreaming peace policy, ensuring peace at home and abroad, supporting civil society and increasing funding commitments for peacebuilding efforts.
Saferworld, together with a range of peacebuilding organisations from around the world, released a statement that puts forward recommendations and outlines next steps towards implementing the new global framework for peace.
The International Day of Peace was an opportunity to reshape the debate on the migrant crisis, which is at risk of being dominated by xenophobic and short-sighted responses instead of those that focus on long-term solutions. An ever-narrowing definition of national interest has led to increasingly poor domestic and foreign policy choices that do little to tackle the underlying structural drivers of the violence that causes people to flee their homes.
In a joint statement from the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, we call for greater leadership to address forced displacement and a renewed commitment to preventing conflict and sustaining peace. Making the case for a patient, long-term approach may be difficult, but it is necessary.
In the latest Justice and Peace blog, Oxfam's Deborah Hardoon reflects on the relationship between inequality, injustice and violence. Growing inequality is in itself an injustice, slowing growth and efforts to eradicate poverty. It erodes social cohesion, creating tensions that result in conflict and crime. She concludes that fighting inequality is necessary to create more peaceful and safe lives.