UN General Assembly Debates Peace and Stability in Post-2015 Development
This Thursday and Friday, the President of the UN General Assembly will lead a thematic debate on ensuring stable and peaceful societies. CIC Senior Fellow David Steven has prepared a memo to serve as input into the discussion. The memo highlights why peace and stability is important for sustainable development and how it might be addressed in the post-2015 development agenda.
While the inclusion of peace and stability in the post-2015 agenda has found support among member states, there is disagreement as to how exactly it might be included. Steven maps out areas of common ground and areas of disagreement among member states. He also lays out options for how peace and stability could be incorporated in the development framework and offers ideas on how to build consensus.
Although there is international consensus that peace and stability reinforces development, the issue is still disputed in Open Working Group discussions. It remains to be seen the impact that this debate will have on the outcome of post-2015 talks more broadly. The President of the General Assembly will draft a summary of Thursday’s and Friday’s discussions that will serve as an input for the Open Working Group, which meets again in early May.