As we look forward to 2018, we take a moment to remember some success stories for peace in the last year, around the world....
1. A peace deal in Colombia
50 years of civil war in Colombia ended with a peace accord in November 2016. Throughout 2017 former fighters were participating in reintegration and landmines were being cleared, paving the way for sustainable peace.
2. Coming together in the USA
After violence in Charlottesville shocked the world, people from both side of the political divide showed solidarity against racism with candle-lit vigils.
3. Cross-border conservation in the Middle East
Despite war between Israel and Palestine, three nations (Israel, Jordan, and the Palestine Authority) were all involved in a nature conservation project, working together to protect Barn Owls in border regions.
4. Peace offering between China and India
China and India were disputing Himalayan territory, but when an Indian boxer Vijender Singh won a title fight he gave his prize to his Chinese opponent, Zulpikar Maimaitialias, a gesture of peace between the countries.
5. Meeting hate with love in the UK
After the Manchester Arena bombing, people came together for One Love Manchester - a concert organized by singer Ariana Grande - to show solidarity against the violence.