On 25 September 2015, the United Nations Member States unanimously adopted a Sustainable Development Agenda of 17 goals to be achieved by 2030. It is an innovative Agenda in many respects. Unlike the Millennium Declaration, which it replaces, it is universal and covers “developed” as well as “developing” countries. For the first time in history it also provides a reference framework that brings together environmental, social and economic themes under a single umbrella, thus emphazising their interdependence.
It is specifically this interdependence that we want to highlight in this edition: the interdependence of those actively working to achieve the goals, whether in the academic, political or economic spheres or in civil society; and the interdependence of the Agenda’s thematic areas, whether development cooperation, human rights, migration, or the promotion of peace. The Sustainable Development Goals cannot be addressed separately: we need a paradigm shift in order to see them as one entity – undoubtedly one which is complex but also potentially much more rewarding.
Thanks to Goal 16, peace is for the first time part of a development agenda. Looking at peace in a broader perspective and strengthening its links with the Agenda’s other topics should be our aim, following the example of the Swiss Platform for Peacebuilding (KOFF), whose mandate is not restricted to peacebuilding but also includes the breaking of silos that exist between different thematic areas.
Marie Seidel, editor