Post-2015: Will Brazil make room for sustainable peace?

Saferworld’s Larry Attree and Sunil Suri “explore what role Brazil could play in the process to agree a post-2015 development framework that includes peace:

Speaking at the UN General Assembly in September 2013, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff stated that the post-2015 development agenda “must focus on the results of Rio+20”, notably poverty eradication and sustainable development. Brazil has been a leading international champion of the sustainability agenda: hosting the Rio+20 Summit in 2012, and, through Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira, pushing for recognition of sustainability challenges within the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Given the focus on environmental sustainability, other critical issues in the post-2015 debate have received comparatively little attention in Brazil – not least the challenges posed by conflict and violence globally, to the Latin America region, and indeed to Brazil.

In several debates at the UN in 2013, the Brazilian government repeated its frequent exhortation that member states embrace ‘long-term structural prevention’ in light of the ‘interdependence between peace, security and development’. It also affirmed that ‘long-lasting peace can only be achieved when the root causes of conflict are effectively considered’. Brazil’s focus on peace as an enabling condition for sustainable development has been highly influential, as evidenced by the widespread support for the Rio+20 outcome document, which affirmed “the importance of freedom, peace and security” and called for “special attention” for countries suffering from insecurity and violence.”

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