- Secretary General of the United NationsUnited Nations
Include "End All Wars By 2030" as a post-2015 Global Development Goal of the United Nations
Since the beginning of the Second Word War, wars between countries have killed and maimed more than a billion. They have successfully decimated millions within minutes (e.g. due to dropping of nuclear bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki), and have the ability to destroy societies (e.g. Iraq in recent times), create millions of displaced populations and cripple billions mentally and physically for a life-time. Furthermore, they destroy environments and whole ecologies forever. In short, wars have the ability to destroy ALL development agendas overnight.
The United Nations and its Security Council are the main international mechanisms established in the 1940s to prevent wars between countries and a repetition of a World War. They have been partly successful in this endeavour, but humanity is yet a long distance away from a globe free from wars.
The United Nation’s Global Development Goals of 2015 (which is a continuation of the path taken by its Millennium Development Goals) offers a historic opportunity for individuals, civil society groups, nation-states and humanity to demand and pledge towards a globe free from wars and continue its march towards global peace. We believe that it is a prerequisite for any form of development, whether it is human development, social development or economic prosperity. However, the on-going discussions and UN documents on the UN's post-2015 Global Development Goals focus on conflicts and violence within countries, and gives inadequate attention to wars between countries and global peace. Some of the documents do not use the term ‘war’ even on a single occasion!
Therefore, it is absolutely necessary for the United Nation's post-2015 development agenda to include a goal that aims to achieve global peace. Let us pledge towards the goal ‘End All Wars By 2030’. This may be the last chance for the millions of innocent victims destined to die from wars in future...........
- United Nations
Secretary General of the United Nations
The Honorable Ban Ki-Moon
760 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Wars have killed and maimed billions and the ability to destroy all development agendas overnight. Recent history is replete with examples where wars between countries have led to prolonged destabilization, violence, crises and conflicts within countries.
The United Nation’s Global Development Goals of 2015 that will continue the successful path taken by its Millennium Development Goals, offers a historic opportunity for individuals, civil society groups, nation-states and humanity to pledge towards a world without wars and global peace.
However, we regretfully note that the on-going discussions and UN documents on the post-2015 development agenda focus on conflicts and violence within countries, and pays scant attention to wars between countries. The word 'war' is not mentioned in most of the documents and the issues relating to wars between countries (i.e. aggression, invasions and proxy wars waged by countries) is not explored in depth.
Since peace is a prerequisite for survival and any form of sustainable development (human, economic or social) the UN, its member states, and global civil society should rally together and pledge towards a path to end all forms of wars. Wars should not be sanctioned, approved or allowed by the UN as a means of resolving differences between countries, and within countries.
We therefore urge the United Nations to include an ‘End All Wars By 2030’ as a post-2015 Global Development Goal.
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