Using a global perspective, an ad hoc committee will plan a 2-day public workshop, to be held in Washington D.C., to explore the role of violence and related prevention efforts within the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adopted in September 2015, the SDGs build upon the eight Millennium Development Goals adopted in 2000. The post-2015 goals themselves – which total 17 and include important issues such as climate change, poverty, and hunger, among many others – are expansive in their reach and will require collaborative, transnational efforts in the coming years if targets and indicators are to be met. Violence features prominently in many of the goals themselves, either explicitly within selected targets and goals or in more subtle ways as potential mitigating factors to the ultimate success of a given target or goal. The purpose of the proposed workshop is to explore and illuminate the ways in which violence prevention efforts fit into the global agenda and to begin to identify the ways in which evidence-based approaches to violence prevention can be operationalized to meet the proposed goals and targets in the years to come. Workshop presentations and discussions will pull from a broad variety of disciplines and perspectives, including the public health, diplomacy, public safety, human rights, policy, and judicial and criminal justice sectors. To these ends, proposed questions for consideration by invited speakers and guests include:
- How were the SDGs developed and in what ways do violence and its prevention permeate the various goals, targets, and indicators? This includes the ways in which the burden of violence impacts less obvious goals and targets such as those related to sanitation, education, and cities, among others.
- In what ways might countries or governments approach the SDGs and the post-development agenda in terms of prioritization and practicality? How might this impact the field of violence prevention (including funding streams) in the coming years?
- How might violence prevention experts contribute in meaningful and robust ways to the post-2015 global agenda and in-country efforts to reduce the burden of violence as a means of reaching goals, targets, and indicators?
- What are current evidence-based policies, interventions, and violence prevention frameworks that show promise in reducing the burden of violence with an ultimate aim of meeting the proposed SDGs? These approaches can and should include perspectives from criminal justice, public health, economics, law, and policy.
- What are the opportunities for collaboration across sectors and stakeholders in meeting the SDGs? How can violence prevention experts "make the case" to external experts and stakeholders that reducing the global burden of violence is integral to the success of the post-2015 agenda?
The committee will develop the workshop agenda, select and invite speakers and discussants, and moderate the discussions. Experts will be drawn from the public and private sectors as well as from academic organizations and multilaterals to allow for multi-directional, evidence-based discussions. A proceedings in brief of the presentations and discussions at the workshop will be prepared in accordance with institutional guidelines.