OWG Focus Areas Document (Draft 1) – 21 February 2014In Draft goals
Draft 1 of the UN Open Working Group Focus Area Documents released on 21 February 2014.
Focus area 19. Peaceful and non-violent societies, capable institutions
Creating peaceful, non-violent and inclusive societies, based on respect for all human rights including the right to development, is a cornerstone for sustainable development. Equality within and between countries is a key determinant of peaceful, non-violent and inclusive societies.
Some areas that could be considered include: effective, accountable and transparent institutions; provision of public services for all; improvement of transparency in public finances management; fighting corruption in all its forms; improved public access to information; inclusive, participatory decision-making; strengthening local governments; strengthening of civil society; freedom of media, association and speech; strengthening the rule of law at all levels; curbing illicit financial flows; combating organized crime; reduction of crime, violence, abuse, exploitation, including against children and women; provision of legal identity, provision of property, use and access rights, to all persons; providing access to independent and responsive justice systems. Interlinkages to other focus areas include: poverty eradication, economic growth, sustainable cities, promoting equality, gender equality.