Operationalising SDG 16

Operationalising SDG 16

Dr Charles T. Hunt (Social and Global Studies Centre) was lead author on recently launched government Field Handbook entitled ‘From Principle to Practice: Protecting Civilians in Violent Contexts’ in partnership with the Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG) on behalf of the Australian Federal Government’s Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC).

Dr Charles T. Hunt (ARC DECRA Fellow in RMIT’s Social and Global Studies Centre) was lead author on recently launched government Field Handbook entitled ‘From Principle to Practice: Protecting Civilians in Violent Contexts’ that addresses the links between peace and sustainable development reflected in Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The project was a collaboration between RMIT/SGSC/Dr Hunt and the Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG) on behalf of the Australian Federal Government’s Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC). The Handbook constitutes part of an emerging national framework for the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict. Dr Hunt said that “This is a great example of the Australian Government demonstrating leadership in response to the UN Secretary-General’s call for UN member States to 'domesticate' the protection of civilians by developing national policy and guidance architecture.”

The Handbook provides real-world examples, tools and resources intended for the wide range of actors - civilian, military, government, non-government and communities themselves - who contribute to safeguarding populations in different ways. It aims to provide the ‘what’, the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of protecting civilians in violent contexts.

Dr Hunt added that “The Handbook addresses how the promotion of peace, justice and strong institutions – as well as better understanding the linkages between them – is part of creating a protective environment for vulnerable populations in conflict-affected societies. This is precisely what SDG16 is about.”

In relating the Protection of Civilians to other global agendas such as Women, Peace & Security, Children and Armed Conflict, the Agenda for Humanity and Sustaining Peace, the work also contributes to the 2030 agenda for sustainable development more generally.

Excerpt from Dr ‘From Principle to Practice: Protecting Civilians in Violent Contexts’ handbook Excerpt from Dr ‘From Principle to Practice: Protecting Civilians in Violent Contexts’ handbook
12 June 2020

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12 June 2020

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