Peace & conflict

“First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.”

Thomas A. Kempis

“Treaties are negotiated by governments. Peace is made by people.”

Seeds of Peace

The approved budget for UN Peacekeeping operations for the fiscal year 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019 is $6.7 billion. By way of comparison, this is less than half of one per cent of world military expenditures (estimated at $1,747 billion in 2013). source

More than 10,000 children were killed or maimed amid armed conflicts worldwide in 2017, while others were raped, forced to serve as soldiers or caught in attacks on schools and hospitals. A total of more than 21,000 violations of children’s rights were reported in that year. source

The Global Peace Index 2018 ranks Syria as the least peaceful country in the world. Afghanistan, South Sudan, Iraq and Somalia comprise the remaining least peaceful countries. source

Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008. New Zealand, Austria, Portugal and Denmark also sit in the top five most peaceful rankings. source

The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP): interesting current reports such as the Global Peace Index, Global Terrorism Index and the Positive Peace Report. source The Building Blocks of Peace is an excellent, downloadable resource for younger students. Vision of Humanity presents the IEP reports in a user-friendly form, with interactive maps. source

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute: most suited to tertiary students but younger students may find interesting statistics and maps regarding the cost of military spending across the world, the arms trade and armed conflicts (see the SIPRI Yearbook). source

Australian Red Cross: Even wars have laws. This section of the site explains International Humanitarian Law, which protects people who are not taking part in the fighting. source

International Campaign to Ban Landmines: a thorough examination of landmines and their history. The ICBL campaigns for a world free of antipersonnel landmines. source

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons: get the facts about nuclear weapons and this global campaign. source

Check out our YouTube playlist for some short videos on peace & conflict.

Global Peace Index map: illustrates the level of peace in 163 countries.

Bouncy Maps: learn about the world by changing the familiar map. Select the Conflict tab, then choose any of the sub-groups and watch the map re-size according to the statistics.

Reach Out: pitch in to help others, join the conversations, share the knowledge.

Act for Peace: campaign for change.

Peace One Day: download ‘The Peace Day Anthem’, organise something for Peace Day, share the website and raise awareness.

Support the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and/or the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

Youth4Peace supports young people’s participation in peace-building. Sign up and join the Youth4Peace community to have your say, share, and create.

Other learning resources

A Fairer World has posters, classroom activities, books, DVDs and web links on global issues such as peace and conflict. Contact us for a complete list of resources available free or on loan to members.

Scroll to Top