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On April 23, UN Secretary General António Guterres urged warring parties across the world to lay down their weapons so we can face COVID-19 together.
Nonviolent Peaceforce was an early supporter of the #globalceasefire movement that followed the Secretary General's call. Millions of individuals, world leaders, and organizations have since supported the movement, and there have been multiple key ceasefires called on the ground in areas affected by conflict.
Dozens of countries have voiced their support for a global ceasefire. Unfortunately, there are some countries holding out.
Even if we do not reach a unanimous #globalceasefire, the movement itself is an extremely critical step in creating a sustainble peace.
As we have seen from the success of the movement thus far, this era has the potential for peace. The question remains: even though there are pockets of peace right now, how do we collectively build sustainbable peace? More on this from our 3rd Nonviolence Cafe.
One place to start, we must rewire our brains to not lean into violence. For example, the COVID-19 crisis has been approached with violent rhetoric (e.g. we are at "war" with the virus). However, Nonviolent Peaceforce and others call for a reframing from working against something negative to working for something positive. More on this from Ken Butigan (Pace e Bene) and from our 1st Nonviolence Cafe.
And, we must uplift local voices. Structures are made up of individuals; if we want structural change, it starts with individuals.