Conflicts and insecurity remain ‘major bottlenecks’ to achieving UN global goals — Global Issues
Convened by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Peace Building Committee (PBC) participants set out to foster greater international coherence and resilience to support communities living in conflict-affected States .
The ‘knot’ in front of the goals
As UN agencies, funds and programs discussed how they could improve cooperation and coordination, ECOSOC President Lachezara Stoeva, affirmed the need to “further strengthen our efforts to assist countries to address the root causes of the crisis and ensure long-term sustainable development”.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, countries in or recovering from conflict were “seriously off track” in achieving their goals. Sustainable development goals (SDGs).
At the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development in July, a number of crisis- and post-conflict-affected countries emphasized the importance of peace and security as a precondition. determined to achieve the development goals, or SDGs.
“In countries with protracted conflict, severe insecurity and weak institutional capacity remain major bottlenecks to implementation. Agenda 2030,” she continued, adding that some addressing the impacts of climate change have resulted in “resource scarcity, widespread displacement and food shortages.”
Enhancing cooperation in humanitarian, development and peace interventions, leading to better outcomes, was the powerful message that resonated during ECOSOC’s Executive Operations Segment in May, also such as the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs and Transition Meeting.
“United Nations efforts on the humanitarian, development and peace goals can play an important role in mitigating risks and building resilience, delivering an impact,” said Ms. much more positive for affected communities.”
To this end, the United Nations system can help countries identify opportunities to promote early recovery, reconstruction and stability; enable them to implement the SDGs; and strengthen resilience to future shocks that could jeopardize global goals.
Discussions are also geared towards SDG Summit 2023 and the New Agenda for Peace leading to it, as well as the plan Future Summit 2024.
Breaking the ‘vicious cycle’
PBC President Muhammad Abdul Muhith affirmed that peace and development are “both the end and the means in themselves”.
He explained that ongoing conflicts and other multiplier threats, such as climate change, are jeopardizing the implementation of the SDGs, while the lack of progress towards the goals is accelerating dissatisfaction and exacerbate conflict, violence and instability.
“This vicious circle must be broken if we are to build and maintain peace. And as the 2030 Agenda itself suggests, this will require the entire United Nations system to work collectively and support the efforts of Member States in a coordinated and coherent manner,” he said. speak.
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