“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)
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)
Article by David Steven published in World Politics Review on scarcity of resources in Pakistan and what it means for the country. Available from World Politics Review here (subscription should not be required) (May 2011)
Article published on China Dialogue on reasons for the new food price spike, including potential implications of the current drought in China. (February 2011)
Article by David Steven published in World Politics Review on current American foreign policy and what the QDDR could mean. Available from World Politics Review here (subscription required) or download below (January 2011)
Article by Alex Evans and David Steven on risk and resilience – part of a special in World Politics Review on risk and resilience in a globalized age (July 2009)
Article by Alex Evans and David Steven exploring resilience as a political agenda – part of a special edition of Renewal on the transformation of foreign policy (February 2009)