Reducing Illicit Arms Flows: Contributing to Sustainable Development

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Gun Free South Africa



Publication date

21 Jun 2017

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Masibulele Yaso

Uploaded on

19 Jul 2017

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This brief notes that security should be considered as one of the critical factors for sustainable development. In September 2015, the United Nations (UN) member states, including South Africa, adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, replacing the Millennium Development Goals, with a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets.2 A significant shift in the development of these new goals was the recognition that a broader range of factors such as violence and insecurity contribute to ongoing underdevelopment, and that unless these are addressed in a comprehensive manner, the main aims of the 2030 Agenda, namely, to reduce poverty and promote health and education, will not be achieved.3 Both South Africa’s National Development Plan 2030 (NDP) and the African Union Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want, emphasise the importance of building peaceful and secure communities as a pathway to sustainable development, with Agenda 2063 committing to interventions that will ensure that ‘by 2020 all guns will be silent.’