Helen Clark: Speech at the launch of the Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Promoting Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies


Welcome to the high-level launch of the Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Promoting Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies. My thanks go to the Steering Committee Members of the Global Alliance: Cape Verde, Mexico, Norway, Qatar, Sierra Leone, and Tunisia; and from the private sector and civil society: Deloitte, LexisNexis, White & Case, the Transparency, Accountability, and Participation Network, the New York University Center for International Co-operation, and the World Federation of United Nations Associations.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set global development priorities for a generation. Eradicating poverty is identified as the most urgent task in the new agenda. It is also ambitious on tackling inequality and discrimination in all forms, pursuing education and healthy lives for all, and achieving environmental sustainability.

The agenda breaks new ground with its goal on achieving peaceful and inclusive societies, characterized by effective and inclusive institutions, the rule of law, and access to justice for all. The aspirations of sustaining peace and sustaining development are intrinsically linked: we will not have one without the other. This is true not only within a country - in our highly interconnected world, violent conflict in one country has implications for others near and far, as we have seen with the current record numbers of refugees and internally displaced people.

The aim of the Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Promoting Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies is to support effective reporting on progress on SDG 16 and its interlinkages to the whole 2030 Agenda, taking into account different national realities, capacities, and levels of development, and respecting national policies and priorities.

The Alliance will encourage voluntary reporting by Member States of all forms of progress on building peaceful, just, and inclusive societies. Recording and sharing the human stories behind the statistics will be part of this, in order to paint a full picture of progress and help sustain momentum for implementing the SDGs.

This expanded type of reporting and the breadth of the agenda and the SDGs calls for additional reporting capacity. The Global Alliance will seek to match the needs of Member States in this area with resources made available by partners within the Alliance membership from a range of sectors. What UNDP would hope is that quality reporting based on wide input would also be conducive to broad stakeholder engagement in finding solutions to the challenges revealed in the reporting.

With Member State, private sector, and civil society partners from across different regions as champions, the Alliance can make a significant contribution to achieving the SDGs.

Successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda is a top priority for UNDP and the entire UN development system. UNDP stands ready to support the Global Alliance and to work with partners around the world in this endeavor.

The 2030 Agenda challenges us to break down traditional boundaries and form new partnerships. This is critical for meeting the 2030 Agenda's commitment to "leave no one behind."

I look forward to the Alliance's joint action on reporting progress on SDG 16. Working together, we will make our world more peaceful, just, and inclusive.

Source: United Nations Development Programme.