- Dr. Khine Khine Win
For the first time, the UN member States have formally recognized the critical nature of peacefulness in advancing the global advancement by putting the goal 16 in SDGs: Peace, Justice and Strong Institution. Have you ever heard sustainable development goals? The Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs officially known as Transforming our world 2030 agenda for sustainable development with 17 global goals and goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals is dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels. According to the Transforming our world 2030 agenda for sustainable development, peace is one of the areas of critical importance of humanity and the planet. The world leaders determined to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. My point of view is that SDG goal 16 is very challenging and ambitious objective for every Nation.
Without peace, there is no sustainable development. And also without justice, conflicts remain unresolved and people cannot obtain protection and redress. In order to address human rights violations, we need to raise awareness in our community about the realities of violence and the importance of peaceful and just societies.
People believe peace creates progress and happiness. Without peace, we cannot hope for sustainable development. And also no progress can be achieved without free from violence, conflict and threat of violence. In order to achieve all sustainable development goals, there must be peace within country as well as within globe as un-peaceful somewhere is un-peaceful everywhere. So how we build peace? What are the blocks for building peace?
Education, education is one of the essential tools for Peace. We need to educate the public by raising the positive impact of peace and negative impact of conflict. Without knowledge they may not have the ability to understanding the meaning of peace. If there is peace, we can eradicate illiteracy, enable ethnic people to pursue higher education and promote ethnic literature will be carried out.
Trust, trust is also an essential ingredient in building peace. Without trust there can be no genuine peace. In order to build peace, we need to build trust. Without peace nothing good things can happen. No education, no rule of law, no justice, no good governance, no good economic, no peaceful life and so on. Peace provides the appropriate environment for many other things such as better economic performance, more inclusive societies, including gender equality and better measures on ecological sustainability. How we can aim to achieve the SDGs in countries where peace is the main challenge.
Then we need to know our rights and rights of others. Respect toward people with different background, no matter who they are, where they live or what they believe. We have to reduce all forms of violence and end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensures equal access to justice for all. In deed we have to promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development. There is no access to justice where people do not have legal awareness or information or knowledge of rights or where there is a weak justice system. As access to justice improves, a lot of other things we value improve as well.
Good governance: without good governance, the other efforts to improve human well-being outlined in the Goal 16 will be impossible to realize. Taken together justice, good governance, rule of law, accountable and inclusive institutions are the linchpin of shared social progress for every human being.
To conclude, we need world peace to achieve not only goal 16 but also the rest goals. If we want our future with sustainable development, stop fighting and let’s build peace, let’s build trust. Without peace, everything is nothing.