Welcome to David Mundy's nearly-daily blog. David is now retired after 37 years as a United Church minister and has kept a journal for more than 30 years. This blog is more public but contains his personal musings and reflections on the world, through the lens of his Christian faith. Follow his Creation Blog, Groundling (groundlingearthyheavenly.blogspot.ca) and Mini Me blog (aka Twitter) @lionlambstp
Friday, September 02, 2016
Peace on Earth-- Good News, for a Change?
I received an email with the latest update about research on peace around the planet from Vision of Humanity. We pray for peace, sing of peace, and celebrate Christ as the Prince of Peace from week to week. But does the climate of peace in our world actually change for the better? I found encouragement in this update.
WEDNESDAY 31ST AUGUST 2016
Peace: New & Updated for 2016
we launch ‘Positive Peace 2016’, our latest report which presents a
compilation of IEP’s most advanced research to-date. The report
investigates the eight domains of Positive Peace, why they are important,
and how they work together to reduce levels of violence and improve
resilience and peacefulness. Without a deeper understanding of how
society operates it will not be possible to solve humanity’s major
challenges. Positive Peace, combined with systems thinking, provides us
with a unique framework from which to better manage human affairs. Read
the full report here.
POSITIVE PEACE 2016
Highlights, Key Themes
updated report places special emphasis on the systemic nature of peace,
societal development and resilience, collating IEP’s best work to date on
systems thinking and Positive Peace and its ability to affect change at a
country level. Here are some of the highlights: Highlight 1: Positive Peace has been improving steadily since 2005.
One-hundred and eighteen of 162 countries ranked in the Positive Peace
index, or 73 per cent, have shown an improvement to 2015. Highlight 2: Democracies consistently have the strongest level of
Positive Peace and along with high-income countries, dominate the top 30
countries in the Positive Peace index. Highlight 3: Ninety-one per cent of all violent resistance movements
took place in countries with low levels of Positive Peace.