An Integrated Vision for Peace and Development? Building on the High Level Panel’s Report

At the end of May 2013, the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post 2015 Development Agenda (HLP) published its report ‘A New Global Partnership’. The report moved forwards the debate on the global development framework that will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire at the end of 2015. Broadly, the report has attracted positive responses, especially from the peace community: it asserts a new development paradigm based on five big, transformative shifts, of which the fourth is the need to ‘Build peace and effective, open and accountable institutions for all’: We must acknowledge a principal lesson of the MDGs: that peace and access to justice are not only fundamental human aspirations but cornerstones of sustainable development. This has set the stage for a global conversation at the highest level about the relationship between peace and development, which is long overdue. But, beneath the headlines, is the HLP report good for peacebuilding? This briefing summarises three positive points about the HLP report, flags three areas requiring further thought, and notes some of the challenges looking forward.