ith its comprehensive goals and re-affirmation of a partnership approach, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development reflects the aspirations of local communities working for peace across the world. The review of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 during the upcoming High-Level Political Forum, and the overall review by heads of state and government, aim at mobilizing “further actions to accelerate implementation.” This recognizes an urgent need for multilateral organizations, governments, the private sector, and civil society alike to move beyond the policies and politics of the agenda towards the realization of all the SDGs.
How the SDGs will be realized is of utmost importance. Grounded local experiences of integrated SDG implementation, which link all relevant goals for more peaceful societies in a locally relevant and gender and youth sensitive manner, must guide the way the agenda is taken forward.
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