As the OWG Winds Down, the Debate on Peace Continues
This week the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) meets for the 13th and final time to finalize its report. The issue of peace and governance has been hotly debated during the entirety of the OWG process and remains in question even as the outcome document is being finalized.
All countries acknowledge the universal interdependence of peace and development – one cannot happen without the other. The Rio +20 outcome document acknowledges the importance of peace and security to the success of development. What is at issue is how to include peace-related issues in the world’s next development framework.
To help member states in this week’s discussions and the ongoing debates on peace, governance, and inclusive societies that will continue for the next year, we compiled a very short note on the topic. The note highlights reasons why the inclusion of such issues is opposed, identifies what is missing from the debate, analyzes why peace should be included in the SDGs, and summarizes where and how peace-related issues are included in the current OWG draft document.