07.06.2018

Enhancing the peace and development nexus

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, among others, recognizes the need to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. The inclusion of the issues related to “peaceful societies” (SDG16) in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been an important step in enhancing the peace and development nexus. The peace and development nexus, however, is not exclusive to SDG16. Sustaining peace is critical for achieving all the sustainable development goals. The entire 2030 Agenda gives us a unique opportunity to address the root causes of conflicts and reversals into conflict. A stronger peace and development nexus, therefore, is essential for achieving the SDGs.    

The Economic and Social Council and the Peacebuilding Commission have forged a working relationship between the respective Bureaux as well as the bodies themselves in recent years to enhance the peace and development nexus at the intergovernmental level. Find out more on the collaboration with the Peacebuilding Commission…

While the Peacebuilding Commission focuses on peacebuilding in the immediate aftermath of conflict, the Economic and Social Council has a mandate to promote economic and social progress in the context of long-term sustainable development. The Council tries to mainstream peacebuilding issues in its work to strengthen the nexus between peace and development, including through enhancing the relationship between the Council and the Peacebuilding Commission as well as its country-specific activities focused on Haiti and its consideration of South Sudan.

Furthermore, during its 2017 Operational Activities Segment, the Economic and Social Council held discussions on the development, humanitarian and peacebuilding nexus and the role of the UN development system in, inter alia, countries emerging from conflict.  The discussions emphasized that sustaining peace required a shift from coordinated to integrated approaches, and that political will could enable whole of system approach despite silos and operational barriers. Find out more on the Operational Activities Segment page  and the UN meetings coverage...