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Peace, illicit drugs and the SDGs: a development gap

11 July 2019│6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Policy brief launch - panel discussion.

Policy paper launch and panel discussion, followed by a drinks reception.

The United Nations created the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the aim of providing for a better and more sustainable future for all. Yet they are barely touching the places where peacebuilding challenges are most urgent – the margins and the borderlands where violence, fragility and displacement are rife. Millions of people in these regions live in poverty and lack access to the bare essentials. Often they turn to illicit drug economies which, under certain conditions, can provide them with an income, employment and protection amid violence, insecurity and poverty.

Join us for the launch of the Christian Aid policy paper Peace, illicit economies and the SDGs: A development gap, followed by an expert panel discussion.

Download the policy brief:

Peace, illicit economies and the SDGs: A development gap

Listen to the event:

Part one:

  • Welcome by Professor Jonathan Goodhand, SOAS University of London.
  • Keynote address by Peter McDermott, Acting Deputy Director, Stabilisation Unit, UK Government.
  • Policy paper presentation by Karol Balfe, Head of From Violence to Peace, Christian Aid.


Part 2:

  • Panel discussion with:
  • Annabel Bligh, Business and Economy Editor, The Conversation (Chair).
  • Dr Orzala Nemat, Director, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit.
  • Dan Seng Lawn, Director, Kachinland Research Centre.
  • Dr Ana Arjona, Director, Center for the Study of Security and Drugs, Universidad de los Andes.


Part 3:

  • Questions and answers


Photo gallery:

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