The Common Agenda — Goal 6
A World at Peace
In one generation, our nation leads the world toward ending the unsustainable toll on human health and the environment of perpetual violence and war. Industrial, institutional, and human capacity for providing war materials is retooled to serve current and emerging environmental and public health priorities.
Security is Enhanced by Supporting the Social Good
The United States demonstrates its commitment as a global leader of peace, enhancing security by addressing the root causes of violence, while not compromising the country’s ability to defend itself if attacked. A substantial percentage of resources historically spent on military activities is now devoted to working with the international community to mitigate the primary drivers of insecurity and violent conflict. Military forces are transformed into viable, internationally sanctioned and directed peacekeeping forces that help protect human rights and environmental resources for all people in all nations, relying on the use of force to deter violence only as a last resort. Retraining of dislocated workers provides new, well-paid jobs that restore people and ecosystems damaged by war, including the clean-up of sites contaminated by military production; rebuilding of infrastructure in war-torn areas; and long-term care and support for military personnel and other individuals harmed by prior wars and conflicts. Technology developed for military purposes is applied to solving problems of environmental and health degradation as well as providing economic growth opportunities in clean technologies.
Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons are Eliminated, and the International Arms Trade is Closing Down
There is complete compliance by the United States and all other nuclear powers with new treaties for nuclear disarmament which achieve the shared vision of a world free of nuclear weapons. The United States leads other nations in ending all current biological and chemical weapons programs and negotiates robust inspection and verification regimes to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention and Chemical Weapons Convention, closing all loopholes. The United States leads the termination of the global arms trade that fuels “small arms” conflicts throughout the underdeveloped world and transitions these industries towards supporting sustainable technologies and livelihoods.
The U.S. Embraces Peaceful Conflict Resolution
All primary and secondary education programs teach conflict resolution and prioritize the development of related curricula. Both federal and state prison systems emphasize humane treatment, rehabilitating incarcerated people and integrating them productively into society. Social factors that currently lead to disproportionate rates of incarceration of low income people and people of color are addressed through constructive measures aimed at root causes: improving education, creating jobs, eradicating poverty and providing treatment programs and social opportunities for people in need. A range of initiatives and investments prioritize peace-making and peace-keeping, contributing to a cultural shift in which power and domination are seen as ineffective approaches to resolution of most problems among individuals, groups and nations.