In July 2019, the high-level political forum on sustainable development will focus on ‘empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’ and review, amongst other goals, SDG16 (peaceful, just and inclusive societies) and SDG10 (reduce inequality). In September 2019, the high-level political forum will be convened for the first time under the auspices of the General Assembly.
Read our challenge paper on how we can maximize the potential of the high-level political forum in 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.