The Roadmap for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

SDG16 is the main goal for “fostering peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence.”

A Call to Action to Change our World

UN Reform

Commentary and analysis from CIC

UN Reform

The Kabila Family Business

Congo Research Group has documented the business portfolio of Joseph Kabila, the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

All the President's Wealth

Restructuring the UN Secretariat

An analysis of options for organizational restructuring in the UN’s peace and security pillar.

Restructuring the UN Secretariat

GPOR 2016 Annual Compilation

A compilation of 2016 contributions to the Global Peace Operations Review

GPOR 2016 Annual Compilation

Afghanistan-Pakistan Regional Project

An archive of sources related to the independence of Afghanistan 

Afghanistan Constitutional Resources

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Applying Sustaining Peace Workshop Series: The Liberian Transition and Lessons for Sustaining Peace

Traditional Liberian dancers perform during a farewell for the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) organized by the NGO Liberia Crusaders for Peace in Monrovia.

UN Photo/Albert González Farran

In February 2018, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, International Peace Institute, and NYU Center on International Cooperation convened a workshop on Liberia's ongoing transition process, relationships with the UN and other entities, and implications for sustaining peace in Liberia and other contexts going forward. 

Apr 16, 2018

The Politics of Security in Somalia

Soldiers of the Somali National Army (SNA) walk at dusk under a rising crescent moon near the outskirts of Afgooye, a town to the west of Somali capital Mogadishu.

 © UN Photo/Stuart Price

 

This new paper argues that Somalia's chronic instability and the pervasive threat posed by violent extremists should be addressed through a comprehensive approach to managing the politics of security. This includes implementing a common Somali vision of federal and state level security institutions that are shared, trusted, and capable. It also calls for attention to issues of injustice, impunity, and corruption with the Sustainable Development Goals - particularly SDG16 on peaceful, just, and inclusive societies - acting as concrete guideposts around which action could coalesce. 

Apr 10, 2018
Sagal Abshir, Michael Keating

CIC's David Steven addresses the UN Economic and Social Council on Inclusion in the 2030 Agenda

In the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development, the international community has recognized that fostering inclusive societies based on strong and transparent institutions is an indispensible requirement for sustainable development. To explore further collective action in addressing issues of participation and inclusion, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a Special Meeting at UN Headquarters in May 2018 entitled Towards Sustainable, Resilient and Inclusive Societies through Participation of All.

In preparation for this Special Meeting, CIC Senior Fellow David Steven gave a speech on "Knowledge for Social, Economic and Political Inclusion", highlighting the centrality of Inclusion in the 2030 agenda and the Pathfinders program. Read the full speech here. 

Mar 12, 2018
David Steven
2030 Agenda

Detention in the Syrian Arab Republic: A Way Forward

For more than six years, the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic has documented, independently and impartially, serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed by parties to the conflict in Syria, which have claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands. Such violations have further driven more than half of the population to leave their homes. From its inception, this was a conflict characterised by the parties’ utter disregard for the civilians they purport to represent, as well as for international law. This report demonstrates once again that civilians were not only the unintentional victims of violence, but often have been deliberately targeted through unlawful means and methods of warfare.

Mar 08, 2018
Hanny Megally

The Secretary-General's Sustaining Peace Report—The Peacebuilding Fund Gets a Boost

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The Secretary-General’s new report on sustaining peace is the long-awaited response to the call to report on the implementation of the General Assembly’s and Security Council’s dual resolutions on sustaining peace (2016). In this new commentary, CIC Deputy Director Paige Arthur unpacks the report, highlighting key strengths of the report while recognizing the wider challenges facing the UN and Secretary-General in sustaining peace and prevention. 

Mar 02, 2018
Paige Arthur
Peace Operations

Sustaining Peace in Practice: Liberia and Sierra Leone

UN Photo/Martine Perrett A young girl watches as members of a ebola social mobilization team walk by houses in a Freetown neighbourhood.

UN Photo/Martine Perret

Liberia and Sierra Leone are undergoing important transitions. The countries provide important case studies on how the United Nations (UN) can ensure successful transitions, not only from peacekeeping to peacebuilding but also from conflict to building a sustainable peace. With the current UN focus on conflict prevention for sustaining peace, this policy brief provides practical recommendations on what this means in practice.

Feb 28, 2018
Amanda Lucey, Liezelle Kumalo

Innovative Financing to Sustain Peace: An Explainer

Impact Investment. Social Entrepreneurship. Corporate Partnerships. We’ve all heard these buzz words, but what do they actually mean? How can they be effectively applied to finance sustainable peace efforts in some of the world’s most difficult conflict areas?

In the first of this two-part article series, CIC Visiting Scholar Riva Kantowitz delves into the innovative methods and models that are being applied to fund global conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts. The article also raises important challenges to these methods, including the impact of the funding and how it is being used on the ground. 

Jan 19, 2018
Riva Kantowitz

Where Next? Ending Violence Against Children

As the 2030 Agenda enters its third year, those working to end violence against children must redouble their efforts to make significant progress towards SDG16.2.

This challenge paper by David Steven – the first in a series exploring next steps in implementation of the 2030 Agenda’s commitment to peace, justice and inclusion – is an update to If Not Now, When? Ending Violence Against all the World’s Children which recommended the formation of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.

Published ahead of the Solutions Summit in Stockholm, the paper reviews the progress of the global partnership, and what can be done over the next 18 months to maximize the opportunity that the 2019 High-Level Political Forum offers to step up efforts to protect children from violence.

Jan 15, 2018
David Steven
2030 Agenda

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Programs in Focus

  • China-U.S. Cooperation in Central and South Asia

    This publication examines the main cooperation fields between China and the US in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the post-NATO period. In doing so, this study looks at the initiation of various bilateral joint projects as a distinctive turning point in China-US relations. It argues that existence of such bilateral projects and cooperation in this region does not only produce added value for the countries in question but also have the potential to enhance the mutual relations between China and US. This study also reveals the main common priorities and practices between China and the US and concludes that they have a partial convergence in their attitude towards the infrastructure projects in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

  • All the President's Wealth: The Kabila Family Business

    For the past 20 months, the Congo Research Group has documented the vast and eclectic business portfolio of Joseph Kabila, the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and his family. This report presents our conclusions, based almost entirely on legal documents.

    You can find the whole report and examine the underlying documents here

  • The Roadmap for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies: A Call to Action to Change our World

    The roadmap was developed by the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, a group of member states, global partnerships, international organizations, and other partners.

    It is available in English, French, and Spanish. For a summary, see the overview and presentation.

    The Pathfinders group is convened by the governments of Brazil, Sierra Leone, and Switzerland, with support from the Center on International Cooperation.

  • Global Peace Operations Review

    The Global Peace Operations Review is a website providing analysis and data on the spectrum of issues surrounding global peace and security, including civilian-led peacemaking and peacebuilding as well as uniformed peacekeeping by the United Nations, regional organizations and ad-hoc coalitions. The site’s objective is to contribute to the effectiveness of all peace operations.

    We seek to provide the most comprehensive overview of multilateral contributions to conflict prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping, and post-conflict peacebuilding. In doing so, we seek to integrate thematic and cross-cutting issues including, but not limited to, the women, peace and security agenda and countering violent extremism.

  • The United States, India and Iran: Managing a Delicate Balance

    The India-U.S. relationship is presently stronger than at anytime in their history. The twin summits – less than six months apart – in September 2014 and January 2015 between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have repaired, revived and revitalized the strategic partnership. Yet there remain several hurdles to deepening the relationship, notably, geopolitical differences over Iran, Russia, Syria and India’s membership of various nuclear and missile export control regimes. Perhaps the most formidable of these in terms of immediacy and proximity is the resolution of the Iranian nuclear challenge.