Flying into Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the early days of 2015, foreign diplomats could be excused for being disoriented. The news in the international press was focused on an impending offensive against Rwandan rebels in the east of the country, an area to which the United Nations peacekeeping mission––the largest in the world––had just relocated most of its troops and staff.
This month’s feature article is by Sarah Cliffe, Director of CIC. She argues for the importance of ensuring that the particular needs of fragile and conflict-affected states are prioritised in the post-2015 agenda. Drawing on the OECD’s upcoming report, States of Fragility 2015: Meeting Post-2015 Ambitions, she stresses that thinking seriously about tackling fragility is an essential pre-condition for achieving the SDGs.
The prevention of conflicts through the means of the UN Secretary-General’s good offices has been a core task of the UN since its founding in 1945. Seventy years on, the Organization has a wider range of preventive diplomacy tools at its disposal than ever before.
In July, Addis Ababa will host a crucial summit on financing for development. If September’s summit on sustainable development goals (SDGs) in New York is when governments will decide what they want to achieve on poverty and sustainability by 2030, Addis is where they must set out how they will do so.