The Sustainable Development Goals, Agenda 2030, build on the Millennium Development Goals through 17 broader goals that seek to address the root causes of poverty and inequality. The Security Council considered the connection between peace and security and sustainable development in November 2015. Political momentum surrounding the Sustainable Development Goals has the opportunity to take the next steps to overcome remaining challenges in the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda, specifically those highlighted in the Global Study, SCR 2122 (2013), and SCR 2242 (2015). The NGO Working Group advocates that commitments to ensure dedicated resourcing for women, peace and security should be coupled with strengthening local civil society participation, engagement with high-level political leadership, and accountability within the UN Security Council and national governments. The Working Group urges Member States to ensure that the women, peace and security agenda is integrated into the implementation of all the Sustainable Development Goals, including the stand-alone goal on gender equality and goal 16.4 on small arms and light weapons, and build on existing commitments including CEDAW General Recommendation 30, the Beijing Platform for Action (Area E), the UN’s 7 Point Action Plan, the WPS Global Indicators and national actions.
Small island developing states face distinct challenges which have been considered by the Security Council in an open debate in July 2015, as well as its consideration of climate change. The NGO Working Group advocates for mainstreaming a gender perspective in the interconnected security challenges of climate change, the illicit flow of SALW, and transnational crime through inclusive peacebuilding and development. Women’s participation and consultation with civil society organizations are fundamental in any policy initiatives. Particularly in the context of SALW, the NGO Working Group would like to see the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) ratified by all Member States and the effective implementation of the ATT’s provision on preventing sexual and gender-based violence.