Peace and the post-2015 development agenda
Understanding the Brazilian perspective
There is a growing acknowledgment that sustainable peace should be one of the global priorities addressed within the new post-2015 development framework. Yet some United Nations member states such as Brazil have substantive concerns about including peace in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Brazil is already a major player in the debate on the post-2015 development agenda. At the forefront of shaping the contours of the sustainable development debate since 1992, Brazil has made significant contributions to promoting an integrated approach to peace and development in various fora. Yet at the moment, Brazil appears to be opposed to the inclusion of a standalone goal on ‘peaceful societies’ and many of the proposed peace-related targets within the SDGs.
In January 2014, the Igarapé Institute together with Saferworld co-hosted two roundtables in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro with representatives of the Brazilian government, civil society, intergovernmental bodies, and academia on the place of peace in the post-2015 development agenda. These sessions were designed to generate a better understanding of Brazil’s position and to create a space for constructive engagement on whether peace, or associated issues such as security, justice and governance, should be included in the SDGs. This briefing is informed by these consultations. It examines Brazil’s position on the inclusion of peace within the post-2015 development agenda and also engages with some of the arguments that Brazil has made to date.
Date: June 2014
Author: Sunil Suri
Publisher: Saferworld, Igarape
Rather than totally rejecting consideration of the peace agenda in the post-2015 development agenda, constructive engagement by member states such as Brazil could ensure that some of the concerns associated with the 'securitization' of development do not manifest.