The 2030 Agenda and the New Deal: Where next? (Spring 2016)

By the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding

The New Deal played a significant role in ensuring that peace was included in the 2030 Agenda. It offers many ongoing lessons that should be reflected upon and absorbed in the planning of the 2030 Agenda implementation. The New Deal has created space for much-needed dialogue at multiple levels, helping to navigate the political and technical challenges governments and their external supporters face in emerging from conflict and fragility. New Deal priorities, processes, tools and mechanisms can be built upon in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation. However, how the two frameworks now come together for mutually beneficial impact in conflict affected states is open to question. Key points reflected in this analysis include:

  • At minimum, alignment can be achieved by linking individual country compact Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goal (PSG) priorities to individual SDG targets and indicators. New Deal countries would thus prioritise only some SDG targets for implementation.
  • The New Deal-2030 Agenda integration process should also be used to reassess progress and priorities within each country context and identify what might have been missing in the New Deal framework. General lessons from the New Deal pilot phase should be addressed, including by:
    • Valuing inclusion, notably create a more prominent role for civil society and draw in new actors;
    • Using the prominence of the 2030 Agenda to widen ownership of PSG priorities across government;
    • Rebalancing the focus of international engagement onto people and learning how to build peaceful societies;
    • Learning how to build accountable institutions that draw their strength from inclusiveness and responsiveness while accepting the limits of outside engagement;
    • Engaging on a wider spectrum of financing issues beyond increased aid and domestic revenues, including broader set of financing options, including illicit financial flows, resource-sector private investment and remittances.
  • A more inclusive global dialogue on peaceful societies could be built on the now universal recognition of the links between peace and development. This would allow for IDPS countries to share their lessons, whilst also facilitating collective action to enable national
    implementation of the peaceful, just and inclusive societies agenda.

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