Why can't there be peace without war?

How peace and sustainable development are related

Five reasons to think about peace and development together:


Violence hinders sustainable development

It is estimated that by 2030 almost two-thirds of all extremely poor people will live in states marked by violence. Because there efforts to fight poverty fall on sterile soil. And what progress has already been achieved, escalated conflicts wipe out again. Even now children from conflict countries (compared to more stable so-called "developing countries") are twice as likely to be undernourished and three times as likely to have no access to basic education.


Sustainable development prevents conflicts

Conflicts arise from the interaction of various factors. The major challenges of our time - growing global inequality, climate change, environmental degradation and increasingly scarce raw materials - do not automatically lead to violent conflicts. But they increase the risk and fuel existing conflicts. A forward-looking policy comes into play here: It serves people and the global common good and protects our livelihoods in the long term. This is the only way to prevent future conflicts.


Peace cannot be achieved through violence

Peace has to grow from within. This requires framework conditions and a culture in which human rights and diversity are respected, participation and compassion are lived, and equal opportunities and justice are promoted. Arms and military intervention cannot enforce peace; rather, they destroy its foundations. This is shown by the example of Afghanistan: after more than 16 years of NATO mission, stability and democracy are a long way off. And the country is falling apart.


Civil conflict management is an effective alternative

Peace does not mean that there are no conflicts. Peace arises when people learn to deal with conflicts non-violently and constructively and to initiate positive social changes. Civil conflict management offers a wide range of non-violent methods for dealing with conflicts: diplomatic, civil society and humanitarian. In order to use them, however, politicians are required to promote the existing approaches and anchor them institutionally.

 

It is now about the future of our planet

"We can be the first generation to succeed in eradicating poverty and at the same time perhaps the last generation that still has the chance to save our planet," says the 2030 Agenda. In it, the United Nations formulated 17 sustainability goals to enable a better future for all people. Without peace, none of the goals can be achieved! This is why the UN is calling for efforts to be made to resolve and prevent conflicts.