Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
In September 2015, the international community adopted the Agenda 2030 which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which lasted from 2000 to 2015, but are more comprehensive and inclusive. The SDGs are particularly relevant for the peacebuilding community for two reasons. First, the Agenda explicitly recognizes the link between peace and sustainable development. Second, peace is a central topic across the Agenda as well as in a separate goal, SDG 16 on peaceful, just and inclusive societies.
The implementation of the SDGs is an important opportunity to strengthen conflict prevention as an important part of inclusive and sustainable development. The universal Agenda 2030 aims to be a comprehensive, multi-stakeholder process involving all segments of society and leaving no one behind. The same approach is necessary to achieve sustainable peace, where prevention is a continuous effort not only to prevent crises but also to address root causes of conflict.
GPPAC was part of a group of NGOs that collectively lobbied at the UN in New York and with different member states to ensure peace became an integral part of the agenda. Now that the goals are set, a strong political commitment for inclusive, people centred implementation at local, national, regional and international level needs to be fostered, maintained and scrutinised. This is necessary for the SDGs to really help prevent violence and insecurity. In our background paper 'A Peacebuilding Lens on the Sustainable Development Goals' we highlight how civil society organisations can engage with the SDG agenda and what our members are doing for the SDGs.
GPPAC is supporting its members to act on this by raising awareness about the SDGs and jointly exploring opportunities for our members and other CSOs working in peacebuilding and conflict prevention to link their work to this framework. GPPAC will be seeking to further develop the capacities of its members and the network to be involved in SDG processes relevant to conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Finally, GPPAC aims to bring experiences and lessons learnt from our members to the policy level, relating them to the SDG agenda in a meaningful way. We are, for example, actively promoting the link between Human Security and its inclusive people centred approach and the SDGs.
Through our engagement with the SDGs, GPPAC aims to strengthen the role of local civil society in fostering conflict prevention and peacebuilding by ensuring a truly inclusive multi-stakeholder approach based on local ownership is realised in the SDG implementation across the globe.