Recent months have seen increasing interest in the idea that Rio+20 could be the launch pad for a new set of ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs). But what would SDGs cover, what would a process to define and then implement them look like, and what would some of the key political challenges be? This briefing sets out a short summary of current thinking on the issue, followed by thoughts about the way forward.
The report makes recommendations designed to strengthen the capacity of countries emerging from conflict to make a successful transition to sustainable peace. These recommendations fit within a framework called OPEN: Ownership, Partnerships, Expertise and Nimble. They seek to:
Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn are researchers and writers based in Kandahar. They have worked in Afghanistan since 2006, focusing on the Taliban insurgency and the history of southern Afghanistan over the past four decades. This paper published by CIC, expands on the following key findings:
Bringing together the heads of the main organs of the United Nations, the Presidents of the General Assembly, the Security Council, the ECOSOC, the International Court of Justice and, as well as the Secretary-General of the United Nations, this high-level dialogue will underscore the value of multilateral efforts and international cooperation in support of the collective objectives and the need to recommit to the ideals of the Charter as we prepare for the 75th anniversary of the UN.