No child is born hating another person because of his skin or his background or because of religion.
Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is a way of living and relating to one another that requires understanding, open-mindedness and a willingness to negotiate and compromise – qualities that are too often neglected in the pursuit of narrow ideological and economic interests.
At a time when key resources such as oil and water are becoming increasingly scarce, when environmental disasters are becoming commonplace and when weapons of mass destruction are widely available, the achievement of global peace must be seen not as a luxury or fantastical ideal, but as a prerequisite for human survival.
Ultimately, this will require breaking down the national, economic and ideological divisions that perpetuate non-cooperation and conflict.