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Problem Power struggles and political priorities trump the need for peace and security worldwide. Local and international conflict is present everywhere in the world, be it in the form of terrorism, nuclear proliferation, civil wars, military intervention, civil unrest or forced displacement [1, 2, 5, 12]. Innocent people are killed, severely injured; they are forced to leave their homes, live in inhumane conditions and under constant threat. No political agenda is more important than human lives, yet in the current state of our world global peace is treated like an unattainable dream. It isn’t.
Facts and Figures
There has been a steady decline in world peace in the last decade .
By the end of 2019, 79.5 million people were displaced because of conflict.
Up to 90% of war casualties are civilians, mostly women and children .
Over the past decade, 21,000 people were killed annually by terrorists .
By 2030, nearly half of the poor will live in conflict-affected situations .
Solution Peacebuilding, resolving conflicts around the world, is an evolving field of study with diverse approaches [23-25]. As there are many different causes for conflict, there are also many different ways of resolving it. Direct assistance in conflict zones, such as economic and humanitarian aid and providing people with information and development programmes, is a proven effective method [26-29]. Alongside direct assistance, strengthening democratic institutions in conflict zones, implementing inclusive policies and access to justice ensures the sustainability of peacebuilding actions. In this appeal, you’ll find a selected group of top-performing organisations working in all of these fields.
Council on Foreign Affairs: Global Conflict Tracker (link)
United Nations - Global Conflict Trends and their Consequences (research paper)
The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (link)
The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project: Ten conflicts to worry about in 2020 (research report)