This Brave New World series has all been about gaining a fuller perspective of the past situation, the present pandemic, and how we can avoid reverting into our old ways in order to create a better post-Covid-19 planet.
In this penultimate piece, we look specifically towards what large organisations can do for humans, in a sense, in regards to peace, justice, and strong institutions. It’s not an easy thing to quantify, making it one of the few highly subjective SDGs.
First of all, as the Sustainable Development Goals come from the UN…
What does the UN say about SDG16?
They make a lot of great points, here are some I’ve picked out:
“Human rights are key in shaping the pandemic response” – Absolutely, there need to be respectful and inclusive processes to handle the root of the problem, the cure, and the recovery
“Human rights put people centre-stage” – Humans are going to design the new world, so if we want a better reality and healthier planet, we must listen to one another
“The best response is one that responds proportionately to immediate threats while protecting human rights and the rule of law” – these words from the UN Secretary General urges transparency and accountability, making sure the Covid-19 response does not discriminate
A global ceasefire has been called, asking warring parties to lay down their weapons and fight the pandemic
The UN Peacekeeping Missions continue to operate and fulfil their four objectives:
Protect UN personnel
Contain and mitigate the virus’ spread, ensuring that UN personnel are not a contagion vector
Support national authorities with their Covid-19 response
Continue to deliver key mandates
The UN refugee agency has increased its health, water, santiation, and hygiene services in response to the present demand for public health, and ensuring that refugees are included in Covid-19 strategies
“Peace is the Cure”