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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Security Sector and Gender Equality

27 February, 2020



This Policy Brief is part of the DCAF, OSCE/ODIHR, UN Women Gender and Security Toolkit.

It focuses on a global policy initiative relevant across the security and justice sector – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Agenda 2030 recognizes that “sustainable development cannot be realized without peace and security; and peace and security will be at risk without sustainable development”.

The Policy Brief:

  • explains how Agenda 2030 recognizes good governance of the security and justice sector as key to sustainable development

  • explores how Agenda 2030 positions the achievement of gender equality as critical for the attainment of all of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions

  • illustrates the concrete linkages between working towards SDG 16 and SDG 5 on gender equality, and provides links to detailed information and guidance across the Gender and Security Toolkit

  • highlights how gender-responsive data collection by the security and justice sector can support work on Agenda 2030.

The Policy Brief is aimed at policy-makers, national ministries and security and justice institutions interested in involving the security and justice sector in realizing the goals of Agenda 2030.