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September 2014

Dear Subscriber Name

Welcome to the September issue of our e-newsletter, bringing you Saferworld’s latest news, comment, analysis and resources.

We would love to hear your feedback via our social media channels or direct to us at communications@saferworld.org.uk 


Peace on the agenda?

The question of how issues related to peace, governance and justice fit into the post-2015 development framework – indeed whether they should be included at all – was the longest-debated and most divisive issue during the debates of the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ahead of this month's 69th UN General Assembly, which is expected to agree the modalities for the final post-2015 negotiations, Saferworld has produced a new briefing: ‘From the Sustainable Development Goals to the Post-2015 Development Agenda: building a consensus for peace’.

The briefing paper presents a summary of the state of play regarding peace and the post-2015 development agenda, provides a recap of the evidence on why peace should be included, and explores how it can most effectively be integrated into the post-2015 framework. 

Read the briefing here.

Explore more of our work on peace and post-2015 here.


Review UK arms exports

UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

On 12 August Saferworld joined with other members of the UK Working Group on Arms to call for the UK Government to impose an immediate arms embargo on the transfer of military equipment to all parties to the conflict in Gaza.

Although announcements from the UK Government at the time that it was reviewing all recent and existing arms export licences to Israel were welcome, the working group stated that they did not go far enough and that continued transfers risk damaging the UK’s reputation as a champion of responsible arms exports.

Read the article here.

Read more about Saferworld's work on regulating global arms transfers.


Community-based policing

Recent violence in Ferguson, USA, saw communities clash repeatedly with authorities following the police shooting of a teenager. These events showed that violence tends to escalate when communication and relationships between different sections of a community falter and people feel marginalised.

In this comment piece Will Bennett and David Alper draw on our experience in community policing to highlight how efforts to address the structural causes of insecurity, through trusting partnerships that ensure ongoing policing by consent rather than coercion, are more likely to stem outbreaks of violence.

Read the comment piece here.

"Safer communities are built on trust"

Saferworld’s approach to community security is about putting people in the lead and helping them to improve their experiences of safety and security.

In this short film featuring interviews from community members, partners and staff we explore what a community security approach means.

Watch the video here.


People First: Saferworld's Strategic Plan 2014-17

Saferworld's Strategic Plan for 2014-17 sets out five key objectives Saferworld will work towards over the course of the next three years. These areas focus on security and justice, gender, arms and other external conflict drivers, conflict sensitivity, and inclusive processes for peace.

The full strategy, as well as a short overview, is available on our website here.


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