Civil society organisations in the International Dialogue for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS), of which Conciliation Resources is part, have coordinated a statement that argues for the integration of peacebuilding and violence prevention into the post-Millennium Development Goals framework.
This paper, endorsed by over fifty peacebuilding and development organisations, sets out 10 key recommendations for how to most effectively integrate these priorities into the post-Millennium Development Goals.
Global goals, targets and indicators are needed [post-2015], because they allow the scale of the challenge to be compared across contexts. Where challenges are greatest, this would also pave the way for increased and better-focused international support
Extract from the joint statement by Civil Society Organisations
Given the need to link conflict prevention and peacebuilding with development in conflict-affected areas – and to prevent violent conflict in all societies - 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
This is the first of a number of papers which the IDPS civil society group will issue. Conciliation Resources helped shaped the document and we have provided a short case study/feature on West Africa