Secretary-General Report on Post 2015

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently released the long awaited post-2015 development report, A life of dignity for all: accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015, to the UN General Assembly. The report calls for 14 transformative actions to lead all societies towards a sustainable and prosperous future.

We skimmed through the report for you and pulled out the sections relating to peace. While we were hoping that peace would be a stand-alone goal, we are pleased to see it included in many different areas of the report.

Peace on the MDG Agenda

The report opens with an urgent call for peace: “The world’s quest for dignity, peace, prosperity, justice, sustainability and an end to poverty has reached an unprecedented moment of urgency.” (p.1)

It goes on to recognise peace as one of three core areas at the heart of the Millennium Declaration and continued work of the United Nations:

“That vision, enshrined in the Millennium Declaration (General Assembly resolution 55/2) and rooted in the Charter of the United Nations, recognized the need to pool efforts as never before and to advance on three fronts simultaneously: development, peace and security, and human rights. Global challenges, local solutions; shared burden, shared gain: this remains the credo of international action for our collective well-being.” (p.2)

Peace on the Post-2015 Agenda

Peace is mentioned as a component of the 14 new "transformative actions" determined by the report. These actions will form the basis for the post-2015 agenda. Peace and governance were recognised together in this list of actions as "key outcomes and enablers of development." (p.13)

These full list of actions are:

"Eradicating poverty; tackling exclusion and inequality; empowering women and girls; providing quality education and lifelong learning; improving health; addressing climate change; addressing environmental challenges, including managing fisheries, forests, freshwater resources, oceans and soil and building resilience; promoting inclusive, sustainable growth and decent employment; ending hunger and malnutrition; addressing demographic challenges; enhancing migrants' contribution; meeting urbanization challenges; building peace and effective governance; and fostering a renewed global partnership." 

Peace and Effective Goverance

The report defines the action of building peace and effective governance as:

"Build peace and effective governance based on the rule of law and sound institutions. Peace and stability, human rights and effective governance based on the rule of law and transparent institutions are outcomes and enablers of development. There can be no peace without development and no development without peace. Lasting peace and sustainable development cannot be fully realized without respect for human rights and the rule of law. Transparency and accountability are powerful tools for ensuring citizens’ involvement in policymaking and their oversight of the use of public resources, including to prevent waste and corruption. Legal empowerment, access to justice and an independent judiciary and universal legal identification can also be critical for gaining access to public services." (Point 95, p.14)

More on peace and the post-2015 agenda Over the last year we have been collecting research documents, news articles and information related to peace on the post 2015 development agenda. See a full list of articles here and select the category of Peace and Development.

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