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Bringing peace into the post-2015 development framework

A joint statement by civil society organisations

Summary

This joint civil society statement argues for the inclusion of peacebuilding and violence prevention as key elements of the post-2015 Development Framework. This paper, endorsed by over fifty peacebuilding and development organizations, sets forth ten key recommendations for how to most effectively integrate peacebuilding and violence prevention into the post-Millennium Development Goals.

The statement reflects the views of the Civil Society Core Group connected with the International Dialogue for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding.  It also recognizes the finding of the UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda that “Violent conflict has become the largest obstacle to the MDGs.”

The statement calls on the United Nations to:

  • Include commitments to address key drivers of conflict – not only its symptoms
  • Go beyond including a single ‘peace’ goal defined solely in terms of the absence of violence
  • Build on the framework for addressing drivers of conflict articulated in the Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals (PSGs) and other credible peacebuilding frameworks
  • Define peace and development as best upheld by states that are inclusive, responsive, fair and accountable to all their people
  • Include commitments to address regional and global factors that fuel conflict
  • Ensure the indicators used to measure progress are disaggregated, so that unequal levels of progress between different social groups can be recognised and tackled
  • Draw on the indicators being developed under the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS) for establishing post-2015 indicators
  • Be based on a consultation process that actively includes people and civil society from conflict-affected states and seeks out robust evidence of how to address drivers of conflict
  • Avoid making commitments to peace optional -establish global commitments to pursue sustainable peace

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Date: September 2012
Language: English, French
Region: All
Country: UN