Call for a Just Peace
It is with a deep sense of responsibility that we address this call entitled
To all who care for humanity’s and the planet’s future.
The call, prepared by the undersigned, has been endorsed by 38 exceptional voices of civil society, drawn from every continent and a wide array of nationalities. They include many notable commentators and interpreters of our current predicament
The call reflects the profound concern of people everywhere about the perilous situation we presently face. The conflict in Ukraine, tensions over Taiwan, and leaders trading insults and beating the drums of war have brought home as never before the risks of nuclear catastrophe.
The call points to the underlying causes of these crises, in particular the pursuit of power and dominance and the folly of brinkmanship. We offer specific solutions to the present crises. More importantly, we articulate the fundamental principles that hold the key to a just peace and understanding among nations and peoples.
We have shared our concerns and proposals with the U.N Secretary General, as well as with leaders involved directly in the Ukraine and Taiwan crises, including Presidents Biden, Putin and Xi Jinping as well as and with those who are trying or could try to mediate.
The call is now open for public endorsement by individuals as well as groups and organisations anywhere in the world. We invite you to have a close look at the text which you can access via the change.org website:
If you are in broad agreement with the sentiments expressed, please add your name to the list. You may also wish to share a brief comment that can inform, encourage or inspire others. In the weeks and months ahead, the website will keep you informed of further developments, new initiatives and future plans.
So, can we ask you to go the extra mile by forwarding this email to your networks: friends, relatives, colleagues, neighbours, social media contacts, and members of groups, organisations and communities known to you.
We remain confident that together we can rise to the moral challenge of the hour.
Richard Falk, Emeritus Professor of International Law, Princeton University; Chair of Global Law, Queen Mary University London; Research Associate UCSB
Joseph Camilleri, Professor Emeritus, La Trobe University, Melbourne; Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia; Convener, Conversation at the Crossroads
Chandra Muzaffar, Former Professor of Global Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang; President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST)