It’s the first week of 2017 and across the globe, people are taking stock of the previous year and creating resolutions for the upcoming one. They are not alone. Some 4,000 years ago, the ancient Babylonians were said to be the first people to make New Year’s resolutions by making promises to their gods. Similarly, around 46 B.C. in ancient Rome, once Julius Caesar revised the calendar and established January 1 as the beginning of the New Year, Romans began offering sacrifices and making promises for good conduct for the coming year. Today, the tradition is more secular than religious, with most people making resolutions for themselves, and focusing on self-improvement.
Intercross did its own retrospective of 2016. You can check out our most read posts, the best operational images from 2016 and our guide for all the best reading, writing and listening in a new year. And as far as resolutions go, Intercross is excited to announce that we will be launching a new podcast in the next few weeks, so we promise to keep bringing you the best in content and conversation around global humanitarian and IHL issues.
In that vein, for this week’s roundup, we take a look at some of the conversations and discussions happening around 2017 global resolutions and 2016 roundups as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**
New UN chief Guterres urges for global New Year’s resolution: ‘Put Peace First’ (The Hindustan Times)
Antonio Guterres took over the United Nations Secretary General on January 1 and in his first minutes on the job, he issued an “Appeal for Peace,” urging all people in the world to make a shared New Year’s resolution of resolving to put peace first. “Let us make 2017 a year in which we all – citizens, governments, leaders – strive to overcome our differences,” the new secretary-general said.
Here, Have Some 2017 New Year’s Resolutions, Countries (Foreign Policy)
Emily Tamkin and Robbie Gramer of Foreign Policy put together a list of New Year’s resolutions countries around the world can strive for in 2017 in order that they might not repeat the mistakes of this year past. “You’re welcome, world.”
A Global Citizen's Guide to Proper New Year's Resolutions (Global Citizen)
The folks over at Global Citizen came up with a guide for those who want to move beyond the standard “eat better, exercise more” resolutions. (Those are good, too.) As James Hitchings-Hales writes, “You are important, you count, and, this year more than ever, you can help. You don’t have to set out to change the world. Just the little bit of it around you. Here’s how.”
The News That Wasn’t: What You Missed in 2016 (Huffington Post)
In this roundup of the important humanitarian stories that didn’t make the news, Izumi Nakamitsu writes, “Let’s all make a New Year’s resolution to squeeze some space into our news bulletins and social media feeds for the underreported stories. Because very often, no news is far from good news.”
On Wish Lists and New Year’s Resolutions (UNICEF Blog)
UNICEF’s Data Strategist Emily Garin gives helpful advice to the more than 1,000 global leaders who will attend the upcoming World Data Forum in South Africa. The Forum is a chance to focus the world’s attention on the ways that data can shape global humanitarian and development work.
Do some good by supporting the Red Cross Red Crescent
Finally, if one of your resolutions is to affect positive change in 2017, why not volunteer for your local Red Cross or Red Crescent society? (Did you know that every eight minutes, the American Red Cross responds to someone in crisis? Or that in Canada, more than 25,000 Red Cross volunteers share their time and skills to help others every day?) You can also offer the gift of hope to people caught up in war by donating to the ICRC.
Are you a writer, videographer, photographer or blogger publishing interesting stuff linked to armed conflict, international humanitarian law (a.k.a. the law of armed conflict), innovation, compassion, history, etc. that you think deserves a shout-out here? Send us a link and we might feature your content next week. Write to: nclark (at) icrc (dot) org
**The usual Intercross disclaimer: Just because something is featured here, doesn't mean we endorse or agree with it, and the views expressed on the platforms we're highlighting don't necessarily represent those of the ICRC.**