Publication: “What’s Peace Got To Do With It?”

Laura Ribeiro Pereira
FES Perspective, September 2014
ISBN: 978-3-86498-930-8

This Perspective analyzes the political wrangling about the inclusion of a Peace Goal into the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) after 2015. The author explains why in its current form, the Peace Goal is a compromise that will be insufficient to promote peaceful societies. Consequently, she argues for a strategy beyond retaining the Peace Goal as it stands, and to include new topics, such as accountability in the arms industrial complex. However, this would require revisiting existing alliances, since the majority of UN Member States in favour or a Peace Goal are from the industrialized North and are most likely to block these endeavours.


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