What: The Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies is a coordinating platform for UN Member States, private sector, civil society, and international entities to work together to promote peaceful, just, and inclusive societies. Co-facilitated by UNDP, UNESCO, UNODC and UNHCR, and liaising with partners across the UN system, the Global Alliance brings UN Member States the assistance they need to report meaningfully on progress towards peaceful, just, and inclusive societies—and its links to the entire 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Who: The Global Alliance is composed of governments, companies, civil society organisations, UN and international institutions which:
- Believe that justice, peace, and inclusion transform societies.
- Commit to leverage reporting to promote peace and progress.
- Contribute resources to Member States which request assistance for reporting
- Participate in an institutional innovation to support more effective international national development systems, designed on the basis of data and needs identified by ordinary people, through inclusive reporting.
- Unite to pioneer a new form of development: one in which Member States are supported by other Member States, private sector, civil society, development, and other institutions in order to achieve the 2030 Agenda.
How: Members offer resources—expertise, ‘how-to’ experience, tools, guidance, funds and other assistance—to help Member States to report on peaceful, just and inclusive societies. Services include:
- Direct support to Member States requesting assistance for quality reporting.
- Peer-learning and networking to enable diverse government, civil society and private sector representatives to work together on quality reporting initiatives.
- Knowledge development: Our work is based on detailed pilot work in 7 countries, an annual global analysis of Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), and research of each country with which we work.
- Advocacy to promote understanding of why and how to report on peace, justice and inclusion.
- Direct support to Member States including: Angola, El Salvador, Georgia, Indonesia, Kyrgysztan, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, South Africa, and Tunisia.
- Peer-learning and networking: Workshops in Buenos Aires (June 2017) and Oslo (Sept 2017) enable diverse delegations (government representatives, statisticians, business people and civil society representatives) from 25 countries to jointly develop mini plans for reporting on peace, justice, and inclusion. A state-of- the-art website enables collaboration through virtual workspaces. https://sdgresources.relx.com also supports evidence-based development by providing free access to resources.
- Advocacy: An Ambassador luncheon (Apr 2017), High-Level Political Forum side-event (Jul 2017), General Assembly side-event (Sept 2017), and World Economic Forum event (Jan 2018).
Why: Reporting enables evidence-based action to advance peace, justice and inclusion. Effective reporting engages actors from throughout government and the rest of society in planning, monitoring and review efforts. These processes generate the information and institutional connections needed for initiatives that drive progress on all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Laws, policies, plans, projects, programmes and business strategies that are informed by voices from every part of a country can transform that country.
Reporting promotes peace. Inclusive planning, monitoring and reporting processes create the social contract and collaborative institutional relationships that are at the heart of sustainable peace and development. Peace and progress are often hindered by lack of understanding, trust and relationships between government, the private sector, and ordinary people. Inclusive, evidence-based planning, monitoring and reporting processes constitute dialogues—conversations between communities, companies, and government—which generate the understanding, improved relationships and mutual accountability that drives peace and progress in all its forms.
Peace, justice, and inclusion underpin achievement of the entire 2030 Agenda. Issues related to peace, justice, and inclusion are found throughout the 2030 Agenda—in 36 targets, in 8 SDGs—including Goal 16: ‘Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels.’ Goal 16 entails specific actions to address issues such as illicit financial flows, pretrial detention, violence against women, access to small arms and light weapons, human trafficking, illicit trafficking of cultural property, as well as public access to information and the safety of journalists and other human rights activists. But fundamentally, it is about ensuring effective governance: that government institutions can provide the goods and services that citizens need to contribute to the shared wealth of their society; that citizens can influence the decisions that affect their lives, shape the vision of the society in which they live, and have the opportunity to help to create it. That is why reporting—and issues related to peace, justice, and inclusion—are as relevant to the provision of quality policing services (Goal 16) as they are to poverty reduction (1), quality education (4), gender equality (5), clean water and sanitation (6), economic growth (8), infrastructural improvements (9), climate change adaptation (13), marine conservation (14) and sustainably use terrestrial ecosystem (15). Achieving each SDG requires that institutions are able to deliver relevant goods and services: that they have the institutional resources, policy development processes, and data management capacities to do be able to do so.
There is a risk that Member States will not invest in efforts to achieve peace, justice, and inclusion, or leverage the transformative potential of inclusive, data-driven reporting processes. In some cases, this is because SDG 16 is misunderstood to entail solely efforts in specific technical areas such as reduction of small arms and pre-trial detention. In other cases, it is because there is limited expertise on how to measure progress on them. Whilst other issues—such as health and education—draw on 15 years of experience in the Millennium Development Goal era—the issues covered by peaceful, just and inclusive societies are relatively new and National Statistics Offices typically do not collect the data needed to measure progress on them. Effective reporting processes in general—and reporting on peace, justice, and inclusion in particular—are profoundly challenging (see box). The Alliance helps governments to address these challenges, and to leverage the transformative potential of the reporting process of the 2030 Agenda.