1. Prof. Roger I.C. Hansell – Nobel Institution for Environmental Peace – Canada
2. Prof. Biswajit Bob Ganguly – Nobel Institution for Environmental Peace – Canada
Peace is a prerequisite for human development and effective environmental management, both of which are critical to Sudan achieving national and regional goals, such as those of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and its environmental action plan (NEPAD-EAP), as well as globally agreed objectives, including those of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The New Partnership for Africa’s Development, which focuses on promoting economic development with a view to eradicating poverty and placing countries – individually and collectively – on a path of sustainable growth and development, recognizes the importance of peace, particularly environmental peace.
“The three pillars of sustainable development (society, economy and environment), however, cannot be achieved without peace and security on the continent” (NEPAD 2003a).
These are essential conditions for sustainable development, alongside democracy, good governance, human rights, social development, and the protection of the environment and sound economic management”
Cooperation at different levels – from local to national, to sub-regional, to regional, and to international – and peace represent the key to unlock many opportunities for sustainable development