The 2020 Global Peace Index (GPI) indicates that the level of global peacefulness has deteriorated, with the average country score falling by 0.34%. This is the ninth deterioration in peacefulness in the last 12 years, with 80 countries reporting deterioration over the past year. There has been a sharp rise in the level of civil unrest over the last decade, with over 96 countries experiencing violent demonstrations in 2019. Additionally, from 2011 to 2019, the number of riots, general strikes, and anti-government demonstrations around the world increased by 244%.
The 2020 GPI also reveals that any abatement in conflict and crises in the past decade has been replaced with a new wave of tension and uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: Institute for Economics & Peace, Global Peace Index 2020: Measuring Peace in a Complex World, Sydney, June 2020. Available here.
Is there a solution?
Each person’s mind is part of a larger single awareness and contains the pattern of the whole consciousness. For those whose paradigm is in alignment with this way of thinking about humans and connectedness, this presents an opportunity to affect positive change in the world through a meeting of the minds. The results of the “International Peace Project in the Middle East”, published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution in 1988, identified the minimum number of people needed to experience inner peace before it can be mirrored in the surrounding world: the square root of 1% of the population. As of July 2020, there were about 7.8 billion people on the planet. Round that number up to 8 billion. The square root of 1% of 8 billion = 8,945.
The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly and, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the day, September 21, as a period of non-violence and cease-fire. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the day, and to otherwise commemorate the day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.