International Day of Hope
In his recent address, Secretary Antonio Guterres said: “Our world is in big trouble. Divides are growing deeper; inequalities are growing wider; challenges are spreading farther… we need hope.”
According to Snyder (2002), individuals with higher levels of hope, as compared to their lower hope peers, set goals that are higher quality and are better able to generate routes to achieve their goals, predict and overcome obstacles, and effectively harness mental energy during goal pursuit.
It is impossible to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) unless all know ‘how’ to hope.
Draft Resolution proposed for the General Assembly
International Day of Hope
The General Assembly,
Recalling its previous resolution 66/281 of 12 July 2012, which invites Member States to pursue a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and the well-being of all peoples,
Recognizing that individuals with higher levels of hope are more likely to achieve their goals¹, subsequently improving their well-being, and that goals are met because these individuals have high agency-related hope thoughts² (i.e., belief that they can attain their goals and are successful in life) and pathways-related hope thoughts² (i.e., belief that they can overcome barriers i develop alternative solutions to goal a when needed).
Emphasizing that the knowledge of how to proactively management of hopelessness, and learn skills to move towards hope, should be a fundamental human right, that hope is teachable³, and that teaching hope educates all human leads to the motivation to set and pursue goals, take risks, and initiate action⁴ which are all skills that are critical to attaining all goals in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS),
Recognizing that hopelessness is growing, and predictive of weapon carrying on school property, self-harm, violence,⁵ addiction⁶, risky behaviors⁷, motor vehicle accidents⁸, psychological distress⁹, depression¹⁰, and suicide¹¹, that hopelessness is often a consequence of oppression and discrimination¹² so often higher in vulnerable populations, and that not teaching others how to proactively manage hopelessness impacts our collective ability to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),
Recognizing the relevance of hope and mental health as universal needs and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world and the importance of their recognition in public policy objectives and related outcomes,
Recognizing the necessity for a more inclusive, equitable, and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, health, and prosperity of all peoples, and attaining our individual and collective hope,
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