Washington, DC, September 26, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- This week, the world celebrated the International Day of Peace as the United Nations comes together to herald the next generation of global development goals. Tomorrow, 193 world leaders will come together to adopt a revolutionary framework encompassing People—Planet—Prosperity—Peace—and —Partnership
A historic moment for the world, the adoption of this revolutionary framework known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) marks a significant victory for the peacebuilding field—the first time the global community has acknowledged the link between peace and development in such a sweeping way. The SDGs address the reality that protracted conflicts prevented the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in many countries riven by war.
Goal 16 of the SDGs addresses this discrepancy by specifically targeting peace and justice:
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
The SDGs will replace the MDGs set to expire at the end of the year, replacing them with an auspicious vision of 17 global goals—to be applied universally, to the US and other wealthy nations just as much as to countries in the developing world.
Unlike the closed negotiation process surrounding the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations’ Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals sought extensive input from civil society organizations, and other stakeholders around the world. As part of the negotiation process, the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) joined forces with a wide range of civil society actors across multiple sectors, advocating for peaceful and inclusive societies as a central feature of the SDGs. AfP also consulted broadly throughout the US government, to encourage American support of peace in the SDGs. Continued work by AfP and its partners will be a key component to the realization of these goals.
“We should all celebrate the central role that peace plays in the new agenda — with the recognition that sustainable development cannot take hold in the midst of violent conflict, or in societies without legitimate governance,” said Melanie Greenberg, President & CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding.
The UN General Assembly will officially adopt the new goals during the summit in New York from September 25-27, 2015.
Alliance for Peacebuilding
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About Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP)
Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) is a social enterprise that aims to advance peace and security worldwide. As a connector of key people and institutions, AfP serves as a united voice for the peacebuilding field, and as a launch pad for creativity, innovation, and collaboration. AfP is the institutional home for many of the most dynamic peacebuilding organizations and practitioners in the US and around the world. With almost 100 organizational members and 1,000 individual practitioners working in applied conflict prevention and resolution in 153 countries around the world, AfP engages with a multitude of sectors, including government, academia, and nongovernmental organizations. AfP plays a leadership role in developing and disseminating innovative approaches to peacebuilding and serves as a link to related fields – development, relief, human rights, democracy, security sector reform, and others. Through its research agenda, collaborative projects, and advocacy work, AfP seeks to advance sustainable peace and human security worldwide.
You can find out more about AfP from the website: www.allianceforpeacebuilding.org.
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