Michael Gerber, Ambassador, Swiss Special Representative for Global Sustainable Development (FDFA)


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"Armed violence reduction within the post-2015 agenda"
Regional Review Conference on the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development
Geneva, Switzerland | 8-9 July 2014

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Michael Gerber, Ambassador, Swiss Special Representative for Global Sustainable Development (FDFA)

  1. 1. Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC Presentation GMH, 09.07.2014 Agenda on Global Sustainable Development post-2015 & Peace and armed violence reduction Michael Gerber Special Representative for Global Sustainable Development Regional Review Conference on Geneva Declaration Geneva, 9 July 2014
  2. 2. 2 Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda – Rationale Nexus Peace – Development  Conflict, violence and fragile situations = Cause and consequence of development deficits  Roots: lack of social justice, exclusion, poverty  Most MDGs out of reach in fragile contexts  Poverty significantly higher (21%) in contexts of violence  Slower progress – social inequality rises  Challenges not limited to national contexts  How to address these challenges with new Sustainable Development Goals?
  3. 3. 3 Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda – SDGs Claims and Requirements  Address root causes  Conflict reduction  State capacities to withstand crises  Human Rights (particularly in fragile contexts)  Personal safety  Rule of Law  Societies free from violence and fear thereof  Goal on Peace and inclusive societies
  4. 4. 4 Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda – Stand-alone goal Sustainable Peace and Inclusive Societies 1) improve personal safety 2) access to justice 3) address external stresses such as organized crime  Freedom from all form of real or perceived violence, including gender-based violence  Ensure that formal justice mechanisms are accessible, affordable, perceived as fair and provide remedy and reparation to victims  Strengthen civil society organisations and national human rights institutions  Ensure that tensions, grievances and disputes within society are being resolved inclusively, including by appropriate reconciliation and transitional justice mechanisms and local conflict resolution mechanisms  Reduce and prevent all forms of organized crime and violence related to it, including the illicit flow of goods (small arms, light weapons, drugs, natural resources etc.) and human trafficking  Indicators: objective and perception / measurable and universal
  5. 5. 5 Open Working Group on SDGs  Goal 16: Achieve peaceful and inclusive societies, access to justice for all, and effective and capable institutions 16.1 by 2030 reduce levels of violence and halve related death rates everywhere 16.2 end abuse, exploitation, and violence against children everywhere 16.3 by 2030 reduce illicit financial flows by x% globally, increase stolen asset recovery and return by y% globally, fight all forms of organized crime, and reduce corruption and bribery in all its forms and at all levels and ensure accountability and transparency 16.4-16.9: Governance / Rule of Law 16.a develop effective, accountable and transparent public institutions at all levels including security and police forces 16.b strengthen national institutions and international cooperation to combat crimes, including illicit flows and organized crime Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda – OWG Zero Draft
  6. 6. Global Policy Making  Implementation  Clarify value-laden concepts (“fragility”, “security”, “stability”, “conflict”)  Dialogue on content and substance of potential SDG  Address reservations re conditionality, national sovereignity etc.  Differentiation: universal vs. national?  Define Means of Implementation  Measurement / indicators  «data revolution»  Capacity building at national level 6 Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda – How to get there?
  7. 7. 7 Thank you! www.post2015.ch Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda