The side-event takes place in the context of global consultations, within and outside the United Nations system, on what comes after the Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015. A major question relates to the specific place of conflict, violence and disaster in the new agenda. A key emerging message is that insecurity, injustice and violence disrupts development progress and destroys people's lives in all societies. Peaceful, just and resilient societies are universal aspirations. There is a historic opportunity to design a more transformative post-2015 framework that builds on the vision of the Millennium Declaration to uphold the rights of all people to enjoy freedom from fear of violence, injustice and insecurity as essential elements of sustainable development. Moreover, consultations to date have highlighted significant progress in the development of tools and techniques to measure the pathway to ensure stable, peaceful and resilient societies through development.
The recommendations of the Report of the High-level Panel of eminent persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP) further reaffirm the priorities for addressing conflict, violence and disaster. Drawing on the multiple voices calling for this agenda, the HLP report proposed stable and peaceful societies, and good governance and effective institutions as development goals in the drive to end world poverty and reduce inequality. The recently released report of the Secretary-General, “A life of dignity for all: accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015”, also recognizes that peace and stability, human rights and effective governance based on the rule of law and transparent institutions are key outcomes and enablers of development. Strengthening recognition of the importance of this agenda, the Intergovernmental Open Working Group (OWG) will hold a special session on “conflict prevention, post-conflict peacebuilding and the promotion of durable peace, and rule of law and governance” in February 2014.