Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report 2018

Sustainable Development and Sustaining Peace

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This publication discusess issues of interest for the region’s countries with special needs. It offers an analytical background for the multidimensional linkages between peace and sustainable development and attempts to categorize policy recommendations that support the 2030 Agenda and maintain peace and prevent conflict. It focuses on countries with special needs and the structural development challenges they face, in combination with their limited capacities and resources, which make them particularly vulnerable to conflict. It provides recommendation on policies that could be strengthen the nexus between development and peace through further research on the underlying causes of vulnerability of countries in the region.



Executive summary

Peace is a necessary requirement for achieving sustainable development. Countries that sustain peace and mitigate the risks of conflict tend to be more developed than countries that are affected by conflict. Sustainable economic, social and environmental development and peace are mutually reinforcing. In contrast, conflict impedes economic activity and harms social development. Socio-economic vulnerabilities further heighten the propensity for conflict such that conflictaffected countries can easily spiral into more intense conflict. Consequently, conflict delays and inhibits progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.


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