The final consultation draft of the roadmap for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies was presented at a side event to the High-level Political Forum on 18 July 2017. The roadmap has its roots in meetings of the Pathfinders at the High-level Political Forum and the High Level Week of the General Assembly in 2016. It was explored in detail at a Pathfinders retreat, hosted by the group’s convenors and by Canada, Qatar, South Korea, and Tunisia.
SDG16 is the main goal for “fostering peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence.” The roadmap, however, looks beyond SDG16 to 36 targets from seven other goals, which we call SDG16+. It recognizes strong links with all goals, in line with the integrated nature of the 2030 Agenda.
The roadmap identifies three transformative strategies that will make a cross-cutting contribution to the delivery of the sustainable development agenda. It sets out catalytic actions where there is strong potential to accelerate delivery, and underlines the need for a strategic approach to data and evidence, exchange and learning, finance, and advocacy and movement-building.
The roadmap will focus on the next five years, but the High-Level Political Forum in 2019 will be a key milestone. At the 2019 HLPF, progress on SDG16 will be reviewed, while heads of state and government will come together for the first time to see what progress has been made across the 2030 Agenda.
In September, at the High-level week of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, the roadmap will be formally launched at an event for heads of state and government, and for ministers.