As world leaders gathered in New York in September 2017 for the annual UN General Assembly under the theme “Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet”, discussions on how to promote sustainable peace and development will feature high on the agenda. With a sharp increase in armed conflicts in recent years and with 62% of those in extreme poverty estimated to be living in countries at risk from high levels of violence by 2030, the need to understand the complex relationship between security and development has never been more vital.
To bring fresh ideas and recommendations to the discussion, the Development Policy Forum led by Friends of Europe launches a discussion paper bringing together contributions from an array of experts who look at the security and development nexus from different angles and in diverse countries and regions. Their views and experiences in building peaceful and inclusive societies are important, providing valuable lessons on how to strive for peace in a world where war and conflict remain much too often in the headlines.
The discussion paper also builds on the Friends of Europe Policy Insight debate ‘To achieve Agenda 2030, give peace a chance’, held as part of the 2017 European Development Days.
The report sets out ten key recommendations:
1. Adopt a comprehensive approach to tackle the root causes of crises
2. Place security and development on an equal footing
3. Learn from past mistakes and successes
4. Work towards better coordination in conflict management and prevention
5. Fight inequalities and build trust within and between communities
6. Involve local actors and civil society in peacebuilding processes
7. Improve early warning systems and strategic foresight
8. Build security institutions that are accountable to citizens
9. Draw the private sector in a responsible manner
10. Strengthen women’s role in peacebuilding
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