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.



Risk factors, conditions and triggers of conflict

In addition to having a unique history, political and cultural background, and political motivations, socio-economic and environmental stresses feature commonly in conflict-prone and conflict-ridden countries. These stresses often include income and social inequalities, also across ethnic groups, limited political representation of minorities, a rich natural resource endowment, and environmental hazards that have diverse impacts on different social groups. These conflicts are also often exacerbated by high levels of unemployment and extreme poverty, especially among young people.


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