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As a hunk of sustainable development activism, Global Peace Chain has recently initiated a noble campaign of reaching millions of people over the globe within 2019 to sign the petition for peace and development that vividly induces for their commitment to ascent against injustice, inequality and to contribute to peace and justice so that people in the global community are freed from developmental threats.

Being a Global Peace Ambassador at Global Peace Chain and also a SDG Coordinator at the United Nations - Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth, I made a promise to keep myself adherent towards my responsibility for advocating on behalf of sustainable development. After all, we all are chasing a single dream to make this planet liveable, just and decent.

On February 6th, 2019, I went to a public school near Kathmandu. My motive was to conduct a short session that meticulously discussed Sustainable Development Goal #16, ‘Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions’. Nepal is largely dominated by multiple societal factors in terms of development, but these factors comprise multiple stratifications, threats, social issues and challenges that have significant contribution to breaking the bridge of development.

I first started a conversation with the students asking them ‘How happy were they?’. This comprehensively needs more clarification but in the meantime, my fellow moderator facilitated this with a beautiful presentation of mental health. As a part of the peace campaign, we thought this was mandatory to interlink the essence of a peaceful mind in terms of community development. The question itself was ‘How happy are we to make this community happy?’. Mental health issues like depression and anxiety are measured to be significant drawbacks for youths. Distress induced by these mental health issues often invite suicidal trends in society. This necessarily illustrate our standings on maintaining internal peace. The students’ ideas and their interpretations gave us a new dimension to realize that peace was not only about being liberated from wars and terrors or internal distress, we got an instant opportunity to relate their ideas with community happenings.

Moving ahead, peace is significantly aligned with multiple development paradigms. As per the Happiness Index of Development, peace and hand appiness are most essential criterion for measuring sustainable development. Our presentations often concerned these issues when we discussed about the other goals in our former SDG sessions. Discussions led with some splendid examples around the community which gave a thrill among the students. Terms like economic disparity, gender disparity, social insecurity, and environmental degradation were major highlights that significantly demonstrated the decrepit status of peace when these all sectors are lagged behind. Particularly, the session taught about the necessity of comprehensive action for advocating for all of the global goals. Since peace and development are complementary to each other, journey of one is futile without another. A solution can be drafted upon driving the mechanisms of peace. Peace that is healthier, economical, bias-free and sustainable enough to make the community free from internal and external terrors.  

I felt privileged in doing the Peace event at one of the schools which was not only amicable to me, but have been one of our major stakeholder in producing so many wonderful enthusiastic and talented youth students to advocate and stand for our common agendas. I felt proud to have hundreds of petitions from those energetic youths. I believed in them and they believed in me, this led a perfect chemistry in the development of ideas and resolutions. This led a perfect exchange of knowledge and solutions, this induced me more to reach other hundreds of youth students who are in thirst of acquiring the knowledge and also to those who have always been eagerly waiting to share theirs.

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Ajit Bhatta is a graduate from Tribhuvan University in the field of Social work. He is currently doing his Masters Degree in Development Studies at Kathmandu University School of Arts, Nepal. Being involved in different national and international organizations in the past several years, he has learned a tremendous amount of developmental experiences and skills. Since, 2016 He has been working as a regional officer at Reinstalling Hope, an international organization working in the field of education in Nepal. He was appointed as a SDG Coordinator at United Nations – Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth, a global UN Youth Network working on SDGs under the affiliation of UN Secretary General. Recently, he was also selected as a Global Peace Ambassador at Global Peace Chain for the tenure of 2018-2020. He has also written numerous articles and blogs on developmental issues in the SDSN Youth websites and other sources as well.