The Vancouver summit on UN peacekeeping

This week, defense ministers are meeting in Vancouver to talk about UN peacekeeping.  This follows a conference hosted by President Obama on UN operations in New York in 2015 and a follow-up event in London last year.  The idea is that countries with advanced military capacities that would otherwise stay away from blue helmet commitments will pledge units to the UN.  In 2015, for example, David Cameron promised to send British personnel to Somalia and South Sudan.  Despite a bit of a wobble around Brexit, the UK has followed through on both.

In August, Japan hosted a preparatory meeting on training and capacity-building needs for peace operations in Tokyo.  Paul Williams and I wrote a background paper — you can read it at the link below.  We’ll see if any of our ideas get picked up in Vancouver (I’ll report back if they do).

Tokyo PKO Prep Meeting Background Paper

Roadmap for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies – published version

Recognizing the urgent need for action to address growing violence, Brazil, Sierra Leone and Switzerland are leading an initiative that asks countries to take wide-ranging steps to make progress against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2019. The Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, a group of 23 countries, launched its plan of action at the UN General Assembly on September 21.

In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, governments have made ambitious promises to reduce all forms of violence, and to tackle injustice and exclusion at a time when many people feel let down by their societies. The Pathfinders have come together to ensure that bold and visionary targets are translated into action that will change people’s lives.

The Roadmap for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies covers some of the major challenges of the twenty-first century, including ending violence against women and children, tackling abuses such as forced marriage and modern slavery, fighting corruption and illicit financial flows and renewing institutions so they can meet growing demand for inclusive growth and environmental sustainability

The Roadmap focuses on the next five years—mapping out the beginning of a collective journey and providing a guide for decision-makers, for funders and for campaigners. It is relevant to all countries, in line with the universality of the 2030 Agenda, but recognizes the urgency of action for the most vulnerable people and countries. (September 2017)

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Roadmap for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies – HLPF version

The roadmap has its roots in meetings of the Pathfinders at the High-level Political Forum and the High Level Week of the General Assembly in 2016. It was explored in detail at a Pathfinders retreat, hosted by the group’s convenors and by Canada, Qatar, South Korea, and Tunisia.

SDG16 is the main goal for “fostering peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence.” The roadmap, however, looks beyond SDG16 to 36 targets from seven other goals (SDG16+). It recognizes strong links with all goals, in line with the integrated nature of the 2030 Agenda.

The roadmap identifies three transformative strategies that will make a cross-cutting contribution to the delivery of the sustainable development agenda. It sets out catalytic actions where there is strong potential to accelerate delivery, and underlines the need for a strategic approach to data and evidence, exchange and learning, finance, and advocacy and movement-building.

In September, at the High-level week of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, the roadmap will be formally launched at an event for heads of state and government, and for ministers. This event will build on and formalize the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies initiative and will demonstrate international and national commitment to delivering the targets for peace, justice and inclusion (July 2017)

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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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