The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The concept of P/CVE revolves around SDG 16 which is Peace, Justice and strong institutions. The goal is to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
P/CVE can be understood to constitute all actions that strengthen the resilience of individuals and communities to the appeal of radicalisers and violent extremism. The specific objectives are: “key state (governance and security), media and non-state actors at national and community levels prevent and address violent extremism”, and “individuals identified as at risk demonstrate more desirable attitudes and behaviors”.
There cannot be sustainable development without peace and security and in equal measure there cannot be peace with prevalence of violent extremist groups across various countries. Terrorist attacks result in poverty and loss of property, areas prone to conflicts lack infrastructure, basic needs and economic growth or development. If this is any indication, the fight to stop or at the very least prevent radicalization, conflict and extremism lies at the very core of global sustainable development.