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The Agenda 2030 was endorsed at the UN General Assembly in 2015 and promises to «leave no one behind». By adopting 17 sustainable development goals, the international community committed to jointly fight poverty, inequality and environmental destruction. Furthest behind are those facing armed conflict or other forms of violence, lack of access to justice, rampant corruption, violations of human rights, and from non-inclusive and non-accountable institutions. Hence, SDG 16 recognizes the links between peaceful, just and inclusive societies and sustainable development. This commitment guides the FDFA International Cooperation Strategy 2021-24 and is supported by the Decade of Action, the most recent commitment to accelerate SDG implementation.
Transforming our world: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
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Fragilities, conflicts, violence and human rights violations are among the biggest obstacles to development and peace. SDC's work in fragile and conflict-affected contexts seeks to achieve transformational and systemic change by addressing root causes of fragility, such as marginalization, exclusion or discrimination. By doing so, SDC aims at strengthening social cohesion, reducing inequalities, ensuring that no one is left behind, fostering lives without any forms of violence and promoting human rights and rule of law. It involves adopting a conflict-sensitive approach that avoids negative impacts - which could exacerbate conflicts - and maximizes impacts for positive changes.
The Fragility, Conflict and Human Rights (FCHR) Unit is responsible for strengthening knowledge and capacities, providing guidance on fragility, conflict and human rights topics at the programmatic and policy levels, as well as promoting a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) within the whole of SDC.