9a. Peace and Sustainable Development

Track Chairs

Goals and Objectives of the Track

The relationship between sustainable development (SD) and peace, including security and reconciliation, has been revived in the wake of SDG 16, which is oriented to promoting peaceful and just societies and building effective and accountable institutions. The levels of violence, suffering and injustice of individuals, groups, and societies must be solved and healed to promote sustainable development. Consequently, one form of understanding SD, between many others, is to see it as the possibility to create conditions such that humans and other living beings can flourish in our planet. Sustainable development encourages us to think and act on being caring and not just having and possessing material goods as an aim of development. Sustainable peace in societies must be constructed starting from the individual herself.

As the world becomes uncertain and unstable with complex conflicts interconnected with social, political, environmental, and climate risks, it is pertinent that people feel free from violence and insecurity. Individuals and groups in conflicted countries and regions need to find ways to achieve personal, social, and institutional forgiveness, reconciliation, and truth as pre-requisite for SD. It needs a collective effort that begins with the individual and includes particular groups (rebellious groups, ex-combatants, victims, perpetrators of violence, women), governments, civil society organizations, and the private sector. It is also necessary to work in international cooperation to implement sustainable public policies to reduce violence, deliver justice, combat corruption, and exploit women and children’s bodies and ensure inclusive participation of victims and vulnerable groups, regardless of ethnicity, gender, or origin.

In line with SDG16, which promotes peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, this track welcomes research under the following theme:

  • access to justice for all
  • effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  • integrative strategies for sustainable peace in post-conflict societies,
  • the relationship between climate change and insecurity;
  • alternative dispute resolution and alternative institutions for conflict solving;
  • construction of an inclusive, peaceful future for societies or conflicted groups;
  • rights, dignity, and capabilities of vulnerable groups and victims.
  • studies on substantial rights (such as human rights)
  • studies on procedural rights (such as public participation and access to information)
  • Legislative, administrative, and judicial decision-making and enforcement by law in terms of priority setting, ignorance, uncertainty, risk, conflicts of interest and trade-offs;
  • studies of Common Law and/or Continental Law (public, private and/or criminal/penal law) in attaining peace and justice under SDG16.
  • freedom of information towards inclusive societies

Length and content of the proposed abstract to the track

Each proposed abstract (in connection to an area pointed out above) of between 300 and 500 words (including all aspects),

  1. shall be best organized (without headlines) along usual structures (e.g., intro/method/findings or results/ discussion/conclusions)
  2. does not need to, but can include references
  3. shall provide in a final section
    a. to which SDG(s) and SDG-target(s) their proposed abstract especially relate to (e.g. “SDG+Target: 14.1.”).
    b. a brief indication how the proposed contribution relates to the topic of the Conference (“Half-way through Agenda 2030Assessing the 5Ps of SDG(people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership) “

Abstracts that do not outline points 3.a.) AND 3.b.) might be considered less relevant in the Review.

Potential publication channels

About potential publications, depending on the number and quality of contributions, diverse publication opportunities will be envisaged, including:

International Journal of Regional, Rural and Remote Law and Policy, International Journal of Regional, Rural and Remote Law and Policy – University of New England (UNE)