Breaking the Cycle of Violence
We are children of a culture of violence, and our minds have been armed. Peace is the grand revolution that humanity has been waiting for. Having a profound understanding of the new realities created by our increasingly interconnected and interdependent world is what is required.
Eliminating Extreme Poverty
Our world cannot be secure when so many billions of people are forced to exist on less than $1 per day, without access to even the most basic levels of human shelter, sustenance, or education. Human flourishing must be our collective aim.
Racism, and the growing divide between the rich and poor, and endemic, and it is a problem that affects all of us. There are two societies in most countries - one that is a reflection of the media image of prosperity, and the other that is hidden and full of suffering.
Equal Access to Water and Other Natural Resources
The lack of access to clean water and arable land is an increasing problem for many people around the world. We must work to ensure access to this most basic of natural resources: safe drinking water for all.
Halting the Spread of Global Disease
One of the effects of globalization is the spread of disease. National boundaries have become porous. The rapid movement of people and goods means that many of the "third world" diseases are now threatening the developed world, and have become the problem of everyone. We must address these diseases as one human family.
Investing in Human Security
In order to create increased security in the world, we must focus on the issue of human security. We we ensure basic human needs are met, we are creating a more secure world. Work for social justice, or to stop global warming, or to provide decent education, or to end racism, is investment in true human security.
Restoring Earth's Resources
The earth is wounded. It is out of balance and needs to be healed. Global warming is a reality, and only by a concentrated effort involving individual citizens, civil society, and our government leaders can we address the many causes for the precarious situation we have created for ourselves in earth.
Rights for Women, Children and their Roles as Leaders
It is essential to bring an end to the exploitation of children and to defend the basic human rights of women around the world. The role of women and youth as leaders in local communities should be fostered and encouraged.
Social Justice and Human Rights for All
The lack of basic human rights and civil liberties, and the persistence of social injustice over long periods of time with no hope or plan for progress or change, always creates a backlash. We must work together for the common good.