Foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.
Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Promoting the universal values of democracy, good governance, the rule of law and human rights for all can bolster citizens’ confidence in institutions and society as a whole. They are also a source of peace and social justice, contributing to the improvement of citizens’ life quality and the harmonious development of local, national, regional and international communities.
PEACE & CONFLICTS
After decades of progress in reducing the global burden of violent conflict, the last four years have seen a global increase of armed conflict, violence against civilians, and other forms of violations. This has been accompanied by an unprecedented crisis of global displacement and significant deterioration of human well-being in conflict affected areas and beyond. To address the challenge, the international community must find the commitment, energy, strategy and resources needed to reduce violence in all its forms by preventing conflict, protecting vulnerable populations and rebuilding States and societies in the wake of violence. Sustaining peace and sustainable development are two sides of the same coin. Not only is armed conflict perhaps the single greatest inhibitor to economic development—so much so that it is sometimes referred to as "development in reverse"—but sustained economic growth is closely associated with significantly higher chances of peace.
GOVERNMENTS, DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Advances in ending violence, promoting the rule of law, strengthening institutions and increasing access to justice are uneven and continue to deprive millions of their security, rights and opportunities and undermine the delivery of public services and broader economic development. Attacks on civil society are also holding back development progress. The struggle for human rights and democracy remains a major challenge, but still one that active citizens have collectively the power to change.
DIVERSITY AND INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE
Contemporary societies are more and more cosmopolitan and intercultural relations are already part of our daily life. That means that citizens must understand and respect each other mutually, so they can live together in harmony and flourish. Equality and prosperity must be available to everyone - regardless of gender, race, religious beliefs or economic status.