Peace by 2030: what can the UK do?
The new sustainable development goals issue a strong call to peace and dignity, setting out an agenda for action by 2030. It’s a tall order, especially in a world where displacement is at record levels and violent conflict is up, with a global net impact of around $14bn a year. And where people encounter multiple insecurities, from armed conflict to crime, terrorism and persecution, as well as mass precariousness created by the global economic, food and energy crises.
As a major economy and a NATO, EU and Commonwealth member state, the UK has a role to play in responding to the UN’s call to action. Here Lord Alderdice, one of the UK’s most distinguished, thoughtful and experienced voices for peace, shares his views on what the UK can do under the new framework, especially on Goal 16 – ‘promoting peaceful and inclusive societies’.