International expert shares keys to lasting peace

By Robin Loving Rowland

“Conflict is inevitable, but peace is possible,” said Rebecca Crall, Rotary International’s manager of peace and peace fellows to about 100 people who attended her presentations in San Miguel in March and April. She went on to share additional good news that, globally, we are progressing with peace building.

Quoting statistics from the Institute for Economics and Peace, which quantifies peace and its benefits, she shared that the economic impact of violence in Mexico is 4.4 trillion pesos, or about US$3.3 billion, or about 33 percent of the gross domestic product. Mexico ranks 133 of 162 countries on the Global Peace Index. The US ranks 99. The good news is that Querétaro is one of the most peaceful places in Mexico.

Crall was in San Miguel to personally experience a variety of peace initiatives in education, police prevention and citizen action. Toward that end, she met with Rotary, LifePath, and the local police chief, among others. She was especially impressed with the desire of several Mexicans to create youth programs to prevent violence, saying, “This really excites me. Peace is a local initiative.”

Crall invited everyone to join the Rotary Action Group for Peace, and to work locally with Caminos de la Paz.

Rotary has more than 100 years of experience in professional peace building. Rotary professionally, intelligently and inspirationally unites diversely competent leaders to ethically and responsibly lead people to generate sustainable solutions to the world’s most acute humanitarian challenges through the strong connections of friendship, tolerance, and peaceful service. For more information, contact President Lee Carter at


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