Monday, 15 June 2020

Peace Report 2020 \ In the shadow of the pandemic—Global solutions for a global crisis

The coronavirus pandemic is keeping the entire world on edge in 2020. Socio-economic upheavals, political unrest and societal divisions are looming, particularly in fragile regions of the world. The leading German peace research institutes warn of this in their Peace Report 2020, published on 16 June 2020 at the Federal Press Conference in Berlin.

The editors of the Peace Report on 16 June in Berlin. Photo: HSFK

Titled "In the Shadow of the Pandemic: Last Chance for Europe", the editors of the Peace Report 2020 call upon the Federal government to increase its commitment to cooperative solutions in the EU and across the globe, not only in the fight against the virus. They also urge that despite the pandemic, other important issues must not be overlooked. These include climate change, the danger of a cyberweapons build-up, rivalries between the superpowers and the dramatic situation of refugees and civilians in armed conflicts. However, as recent events following the death of George Floyd in the United States have shown, even peace within society itself is in danger. Cross-border issues are the commitment to human rights, handling mass protest movement constructively and the fight against politically and religiously motivated agitation on the Internet. 

Please find the key recommendations of the Peace Report 2020 to the German government at:

Press release „Friedensgutachten 2020 \ Im Schatten der Pandemie – Globale Lösungen für die globale Krise“ (pdf, in German)

Press release “Peace Report 2020 \ In the shadow of the pandemic—Global solutions for a global crisis” (pdf, in English)