In an increasingly divided world, is the sustainable development goal of peace, justice and strong institutions just an impossible dream?
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to make our world a fairer, healthier and more peaceful place for everyone by 2030.
The 16th goal of Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions aims to significantly reduce all forms of violence, and work with governments and communities to find lasting solutions to conflict and insecurity. Strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights is key to this process, as is reducing the flow of illegal arms and strengthening the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance.
But in an increasingly divided world is this just a pipe dream? With the seemingly intractable conflicts in Syria and Yemen, is peace there remotely possible? And with political inaction at Stormont, is it hypocritical to present the Northern Ireland peace process as a shining example of peace and stability?
This World Café Conversation will explore all these issues and more. With input from key speakers on conflict and peacebuilding, we will explore how we can respond locally, nationally and internationally to the increasing divisions in the world around us. And perhaps most importantly we will consider what, if anything, we can do personally to build a more peaceful world.
Concern Worldwide’s Project Us (see www.concern.org.uk) in partnership with Challenges NI (see www.challengesni.com), are hosting this World Café Conversation.