The PyeongChang Peace Forum: How Positive Peace and the SDGs Can Address Challenges to Peace in Asia

The PyeongChang Peace Forum highlights issues of peace on the Korean Peninsula and around the world, bringing together a global list of speakers.

There is a strong link between the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and Positive Peace, an understanding that could help address challenges to peace in Asia.

The Institute of Economics & Peace (IEP) highlighted this finding at the third annual 2021 PyeongChang Peace Forum held virtually in early February.

In a panel event discussing the state and challenges of peace in Asia in the context of the UN Decade of Action to Deliver the SDGs by 2030, and the COVID-19 pandemic, Patricia Garcia, Partnership Development Manager at IEP highlighted research that shows the strong connection between Positive Peace and better performance of sustainable development goals.

According to IEP research, there is increasing recognition of the importance of improving peace and the drivers of peace if the goals of the traditional development agenda are to be met. For example, education and health outcomes cannot be achieved separately without a focus on conflict, justice and governance.

The panel speakers highlighted a comprehensive approach to peace and sustainable development which combines local, regional and international efforts and connects different SDGs is crucial for holistic accountability.

Developing SDG national action plans for the countries in Asia would support the implementation of other international frameworks including the Women Peace and Security Agenda, the Youth Peace and Security Agenda, the Arms Trade Treaty and the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Treaty.

According to the 2020 Global Peace Index, levels of peace in the Asia-Pacific region have fallen slightly, driven by increasing deaths from internal conflict, increasing military expenditure and a weaker commitment to UN peacekeeping funding in the region.

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Positive Peace is defined by IEP as the attitudes, institutions and structures that create and sustain peaceful societies and is also statistically linked to countries with higher GDP growth, higher levels of resilience, better ecological performance, better measures of inclusion, including gender and much more. Positive Peace can also be the guiding principle to build and reinforce the attitudes, institutions and structures that pre-empt conflict and help societies channel disagreements productively rather than falling into violence.

The third annual PyeongChang Peace Forum highlights issues of world peace and peace on the Korean Peninsula, bringing together global speakers with audiences from all over the world. The event was created after the 2018 Winter Olympics, based in Pyeongchang, historically brought athletes from North and South Korea together.

About the author: The article has been written by the Vision of Humanity Editorial staff  – brought to you by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP). The IEP investigates the impact of COVID-19 and future trends in economics, politics, social dynamics, conflict and development.

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed here by columnists are their own, not those of — In the Featured Photo: Inter-Korean Fans cheer while waving “unification flags” depicting a borderless Korean Peninsula at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. Featured Photo Credit: Jeon Han

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The Institute for Economics and Peace is the world’s leading think tank dedicated to developing metrics to analyse peace and to quantify its economic value. It does this by developing global and national indices, calculating the economic cost of violence, analysing country level risk and understanding positive peace. The research is used extensively by governments, academic institutions, think tanks, non-governmental organisations and by intergovernmental institutions such as the OECD, The Commonwealth Secretariat, the World Bank and the United Nations. The Institute was recently ranked in the top 15 most impactful think tanks in the world on the Global Go To Think Tank Index. Founded by IT entrepreneur and philanthropist Steve Killelea in 2007, the Institute for Economics and Peace is impacting traditional thinking on matters of security, defence, terrorism and development.

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