The 2030 Agenda highlights violence as an important factor in inhibiting development and attaches great importance to the promotion of non-violent and inclusive societies. It is thereby validating the long-term experience of terre des hommes schweiz in the relevant program countries. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent the main frame of reference for the organization in terms of its program work in the Global South and its advocacy work in Switzerland.
Targets 16.2, 5.2, and 5.3 on violence against children and on all types of violence against women and girls, particularly with regard to forced marriage and early marriage, provide the organization with important points of reference for its work. The interdependencies with other goals of the 2030 Agenda are obvious too as other targets also contribute to preventing violence. The education goal 4.7, for example, highlights the significance of promoting a culture of peace and non-violence. There are also references to the goals of combating poverty and improving urban infrastructure, since, particularly in our program countries, marginalization and sociospatial exclusion are often the breeding grounds for youth violence.
terre des hommes schweiz firmly believes that prevention of violence needs to start by focusing on a range of causes. The 2030 Agenda helps to make these intersectoral links clear and promote cooperation at both a local and international level. An example of this is the “Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children”, which brings together governments, foundations, the UN, the people, academia, the private sector, and youth organizations to implement the vision of the 2030 Agenda.
Furthermore, the SDGs attach great importance to the coherence of development policy in the countries of the Global North. As such, they provide plenty of justification in Switzerland too for calls for greater coordination of domestic and foreign policies in relation to sustainable global development. In future, terre des hommes schweiz wants to step up its commitment to policy coherence in partnership with other Swiss NGOs.