Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies: A Call to Action to Change our World

In Agenda 2030, the world’s governments expressed their determination “to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence.” They set ambitious targets for reducing all forms of violence in all countries, for ensuring access to justice for all, and for building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions.

The Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies is a group of UN member states, international organizations, global partnerships, and other partners. It is convened by the governments of Brazil, Sierra Leone, and Switzerland to build the intellectual foundations and alliances that turn the ambition of the SDG targets for peaceful, just and inclusive societies into reality.

At a retreat in November 2016 and following a series of earlier meetings, the Pathfinders made the decision to develop a roadmap for the delivery of the Agenda 2030 commitment to increasing peace, justice and inclusion. The roadmap will set out the strategies, tools, resources, and partnerships that are needed to accelerate progress.

This discussion paper explains why a roadmap is needed and sets out recommendations and options for its structure, content and use. (March 2017)

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Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies – Brief

“The new agenda recognizes the need to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies that provide equal access to justice and that are based on respect for human rights (including the right to development), on effective rule of law and good governance at all levels and on transparent, effective and accountable institutions.”

Agenda 2030 states that “there can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.” The new agenda sets ambitious targets for tackling violence, insecurity and injustice, and for strengthening the governance and institutions that will underpin a more sustainable future.

The Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies is a group of UN member states, international organizations, global partnerships, and other partners. It is convened by the governments of Brazil, Sierra Leone, and Switzerland to build the intellectual foundations and alliances that turn the ambition of the SDG targets for peaceful, just and inclusive societies into reality.

This brief outlines the establishment of the Pathfinders initiative and the next steps they are taking to develop a roadmap for delivery of of the Agenda 2030 commitment to increasing peace, justice and inclusion” (March 2017)

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SDG Targets for Fostering Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

Agenda 2030 states that “there can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.” Peace is identified as one of five areas of ‘critical importance for humanity and the planet’ – along with people, prosperity, the planet, and partnership.

SDG16 is the main goal for fostering “peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence,” but the agenda includes 24 targets from seven other SDGs that are linked to this aspiration. This briefing and accompanying presentation presents in graphical format the 36 SDG16+ targets, broken into the three clusters of peaceful, just and inclusive societies; illustrates the direct links between the 12 targets from SDG16 and the rest of Agenda 2030; and sets out six reasons why we need an integrated approach to peaceful, just and inclusive societies that includes, but is broader than, SDG16 (July 2016)

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Turning Ambition into Reality – Platforms and Partnerships for Delivering Agenda 2030

Partnerships are expected to play a critical role in sharing the knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources that will support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. This report analyzes the role that global platforms and partnerships can play in catalyzing delivery of the new goals, brining together actors from multiple sectors behind a common set of objectives, enabling each other to play to their strengths and maximizing the contribution of others. (July 2016)

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From Declaration to Delivery: actioning the post-2015 agenda

This report, prepared for Save the Children, is based on the outcomes of a series of dialogues with 8 countries that have already begun exploring how to implement the post-2015 agenda. The roundtables were held in Denmark, Ghana, Mexico – with the participation of Colombia, Guatemala and Peru – Pakistan and Tanzania.

Each roundtable took the proposed Sustainable Development Goals and associated targets as their starting point, looking at examples from UN member states who have already started work on implementation.

This report identifies themes or ‘reality checks’ drawn from the roundtables to illustrate the opportunities and challenges of delivering a sustainable development agenda (June 2015)

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Time to Deliver the Post-2015 Agenda’s Promises to Children

The post-2015 agenda has a clear vision for children: the protection, survival and development of all children to their full potential. Four resonant and ambitious ‘core promises’ to children can be drawn from the child-focused goals and targets.

The core promises are:

  • No child should die from a disease we can prevent.
  • Every child should have the food needed to grow normally.
  • Every child should be able to read and write, and should be numerate.
  • No child should live in fear.

These core promises represent minimum levels of wellbeing that children must enjoy if, as adults, they are to contribute to a sustainable future. This new paper by David Steven sets out an agenda for those working to deliver the most urgent priorities to children (June 2015)

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Every Child Deserves a Childhood

Continuing with our work on the Time to Deliver theme, focusing on the core promises that should be made to children, this report explores the potential for the United Kingdom to play a leadership role at the heart of a proposed new global partnership to protect children; using new targets to end abuse, exploitation and all forms of violence against children as the focus for a drive to protect children both within the UK as well as globally, through the UK’s foreign and development policy.

This report was written in collaboration with UNICEF UK and will be used by them to develop the new partnership for children, both in the UK and globally.(May 2015)

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What Happens Now? Time to deliver the post-2015 development agenda

This is the third in a series of What Happens Now? papers from the Center on International Cooperation. Like the previous papers, it provides a guide for all those interested in the debate on the post-2015 development agenda – including for those who have not followed the process closely, a set of players who will become especially important as the new agenda’s start date approaches. This paper tells the story so far, including the MDGs’ track record, the origin of the post-2015 agenda, highlights of the process to date, and an overview of milestones over the remainder of the year; argues that there are unlikely to be major changes from the proposed 17 goals and 169 targets, but that there is much to play for on implementation and financing; and calls for all stakeholders to look past the negotiation endgame, to 2016 and beyond (April 2015)

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A Long Peace

Written in 2003, this report on the Future of Unionism in Northern Ireland argues that a functioning democracy in Northern Ireland is the only way to reconcile competing interests in a peaceful way, and calls on the Unionist movement to develop new strategies for engagement in the political process.

The 50-page report draws on consultations with individuals and groups across the community, and challenges Unionists to create a vision for strong government that will deliver a peaceful and prosperous future for Northern Ireland. By focusing on being realistic, positive, hard-headed, professional and open, A Long Peace argues that Unionism can tackle its current predicament of being regularly out-thought, out-flanked and out-witted by [its] opponents. (May 2003)

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Our Unfinished Millennium Jubilee

Talk presented at Tearfund on why our Millennium Jubilee remains a work in progress – and what it would take to complete it (November 2014)

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Towards a Just and Sustainable Economy?

Think piece prepared as a background paper for two Tearfund seminars exploring what it would look like to shift to a just and sustainable economy and how we might go about getting there (November 2014)

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If Not Now, When? Ending Violence Against the World’s Children

Since the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals published its proposal for sustainable development goals for 2016 to 2030, there has been much discussion about whether 17 goals and 169 targets are too many. In this new paper, David Steven explores the delivery challenges associated with one of the proposed targets: end abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and all forms of violence and torture against children. (October 2014)

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Post-2015 Means of Implementation: What Are We Trying to Win?

Working draft of a paper by Alex Evans on potential elements of a global political deal on ‘means of implementation’ for the post-2015 development agenda (September 2014).

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Beyond Aid: the future UK approach to development

Written evidence by Alex Evans and the Center for Global Development’s Owen Barder to the UK Parliament International Development Committee inquiry on the future of the Department for International Development and the ‘beyond aid’ agenda (September 2014).

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A Laboratory of Development – The Impact of Social Policies on Children in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Latin America and Caribbean region is distinguished by the range of policies that it has developed to respond to both the opportunities and risks of contemporary globalization. From efforts to increase macroeconomic stability and major programs of economic reform, through innovative investments in social welfare and protection, to fresh approaches to compensating those providing environmental goods and services, the region has been at the forefront of developing new economic, social, and environmental policies.

Prepared at the request of UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean, this paper explores the concept of the region as a laboratory for development by focusing on progress made in meeting the region’s obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the policies that have supported this progress, and the lessons that can be drawn for children’s future prospects.

The paper first provides an overview of regional trends that have led to positive outcomes for children and identifies countries that have made especially fast progress. The paper’s second section explores major policies that have had an impact on children’s lives. Finally, the paper outlines the major challenges that the region must confront if it is to continue improving the lives of children.

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