This International Dialogue high-level side event celebrated the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By bringing together the governments of countries affected by conflict and fragility, their development partners, UN member states, multilateral agencies, civil society organisations, South-South partners, and the private sector, it provided a unique opportunity to reflect on how the SDGs will be implemented in countries affected by conflict and fragility.This side event was hosted by the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Kingdom of Sweden.
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Leave no one behind
The UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda is the culmination of many years of discussions and learning about how the international community can better deliver peace and prosperity for all and leave no one behind.
Yet, persistent violence and conflict threaten the prospect of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The number of people living in extreme poverty in countries affected by conflict and fragility is increasing. Many countries run the risk of relapsing into conflict. If we do not pay particular attention to the specific needs of countries affected by conflict and fragility, progress on the SDGs will be poor and slow.
No SDG progress without peace
Globally, no progress on implementing the SDGs is possible without progress on sustainable peace. Goal 16 — on building peaceful and inclusive societies — is crucial to fulfilling the aspirations of this ambitious agenda.
Yet progress on SDG 16 alone will not be enough to ensure that the millions of people living in poverty, in countries affected by conflict and fragility, make progress across all Sustainable Development Goals.
The International Dialogue and the new development framework
What will be required to support the implementation of the SDGs in countries affected by conflict and fragility? What needs to be done collectively to ensure people living in these countries are not left behind?
At this event, the International Dialogue will share the lessons its members have learned from their efforts on peacebuilding and statebuilding within the New Deal framework. In so doing, the International Dialogue hopes to start a global dialogue about how to galvanise broad-based political support for countries affected by conflict and fragility in order to ensure that they, too, make significant progress across all the SDGs.
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This paper, prepared for the International Dialogue's side event at the 70 UNGA, reflects on what we have learnt and the scale of the challenges ahead for implementing the new development framework in countries affected by conflict and fragility. It also identifies some elements of a possible new platform for collective action that is required at a global level if we are to ensure no country is left behind.
This is the flyer distributed at the event.