Pathfinders at the UN General Assembly - Press Release


In the face of enduring violence, countries join forces at the UN General Assembly to catalyze action on peace, justice and inclusion

An ambitious initiative is galvanizing change on some of the world’s toughest challenges and gaining momentum among a diverse group of nations, campaigners and funders

New York, NY, September 20, 2017 –  Recognizing the urgent need for action to address growing violence, Brazil, Sierra Leone and Switzerland are leading an initiative that asks countries to take wide-ranging steps to make progress against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2019. The Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, a group of 23 countries, is launching its plan of action at the UN General Assembly on September 21.

“In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, governments have made ambitious promises to reduce all forms of violence, and to tackle injustice and exclusion at a time when many people feel let down by their societies,” said David Steven, Senior Fellow at the New York University Center on International Cooperation, which has been supporting this initiative. “The Pathfinders have come together to ensure that bold and visionary targets are translated into action that will change people’s lives.”

The Roadmap for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies covers some of the major challenges of the twenty-first century, including ending violence against women and children, tackling abuses such as forced marriage and modern slavery, fighting corruption and illicit financial flows and renewing institutions so they can meet growing demand for inclusive growth and environmental sustainability

The Roadmap focuses on the next five years—mapping out the beginning of a collective journey and providing a guide for decision-makers, for funders and for campaigners. It is relevant to all countries, in line with the universality of the 2030 Agenda, but recognizes the urgency of action for the most vulnerable people and countries.

All countries are invited to become Pathfinders, using the roadmap to strengthen their implementation of SDG16+, and to share their leadership and experience in building peaceful, just and inclusive societies. Currently, in addition to the three conveners, a diverse group of countries that have joined the Pathfinders group so far, including Afghanistan, Argentina, Canada, Central African Republic, Colombia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Liechtenstein, Mexico, The Netherlands, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, and the United Kingdom.

Note to the editors:

The Center on International Cooperation (CIC) is a non-profit research center housed at New York University (NYU). Its core mission is to enhance international responses on the countries and issues most important to conflict prevention and recovery, through direct and regular engagement with multilateral institutions and the wider policy community. CIC’s comparative advantage lies in two areas. We work at the intersection between politics, security, justice and development, bringing together experienced staff who can connect the four areas. Second, we focus on analysis and ideas-generation that is practical, policy relevant and sensitive to political realities and difficulties in achieving collective action on international problems. The Center has played a role disproportionate to its small size in incubating processes that have had significant influence on global policy, from peacebuilding at the UN to the international dialogue on fragile states to regional approaches to challenges such as the Afghanistan conflict, to the post-2015 agenda.

If you would like more information about the Pathfinders or the Roadmap, please contact Paige Arthur at

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Sep 20, 2017
David Steven
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