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The question this week: Peace = Justice?

“Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted, when we tolerate what we know to be wrong, when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy or too frightened, when we fail to speak up and speak out, we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice.” – Robert F. Kennedy

SDG 16, Peace Justice and Strong Institutions, is all about ensuring an equal level of standards for everyone, no matter from which background and enabling everyone to lead peaceful lives among each other.

This week in SDG X is a novel writing initiative to keep the network and the blog’s loyal readers up-to-date with a brief collection of news directly related to the Global Goals.

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The event ‘Building Sustainable Peace for All: Synergies between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustaining Peace’ took place in New York at the UN Headquarters from 24-25 of January 2017.

When opening the meeting, UNGA President Peter Thomson stated that at this time 2 billion people live in countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence. At the same conference, Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), stated that the participation of women, young people and vulnerable groups in economic and political decisions is vital to achieving a situation of sustainable peace.

“Delivering closing remarks, President Thomson said he will work with the Presidents of the Security Council and ECOSOC, the UN Secretary-General and the incoming PBC Chair on ways to improve coherence and coordination of the UN’s peace, development and human rights efforts.”  – Ana Maria Lebada for IISD

With this topic being a very broad one, discussions can last for a very long time. President Thomson’s exact plans are yet to be revealed but are sure result in many improvements inside the United Nations and as a result, to the whole world.

SDG 16 is a very important one in AIESEC. Our vision is “Peace and fulfillment of humankinds potential”. We strive to activate every young person in the world and by developing their leadership, ensure a time of peace and justice for our planet. By nurturing leadership development in all of our exchange programs, including our members, we are developing many young people every year and contributing to a more peaceful future.

It was Pope Paul VI who said “If you want peace, work for justice”. We all have to contribute to creating equal opportunities before we can assure a peaceful environment for all. Are you doing your part?

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