Land and Conflict Prevention
How integrated solutions can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
FriEnt | 2019
Furthering interlinkages between different Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt) and its partners have compiled a dossier with good practices, political achievements, challenges, and lessons learned in the prevention of violence in struggles over land and natural resources.
According to the joint UN/World Bank report “Pathways for Peace”, access to land, water and extractives is among the key risk areas for violent conflict – which is coming under more stress with the effects of climate change, population growth, urbanisation, and the expansion of large-scale agriculture. Therefore, The Agenda 2030’s intention to reduce and prevent violence at all levels, as formulated by SDG 16.1, needs to be cross-sectoral and linked to the access to land and natural resources as highly relevant factors. Emphasising the indivisibility of the SDGs means to recognise interlinkages and encourage the identification of synergies and the development of integrated approaches and coherent policies.