The Sustainable Development Goals were approved by the United Nations to lead the way for a better world. Designed to respond to global challenges, the SDGs are answers to questions related to poverty, climate, prosperity, environment, peace, justice, et cetera.
Unfortunately, only a decade away from achieving these SDGs, the countries of the central Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger) are facing insecurity that is exacerbating the effects of climate change, the massive displacement of populations with their corollaries of multidimensional crises, such as food shortages, malnutrition, school dropout, et cetera.
None of these SDGs is achievable in the absence of peace. These peace-loving Sahel countries have already signed the CTBT, advocated for nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and supported nuclear non-proliferation through several instruments they have ratified.
The missions of the CTBTO data centers should be strengthened in order to take account of certain security concerns, such as control of the movement of unauthorized weapons and the interception of suspicious communications.
This initiative will help restore peace and security in this zone. The success of this experiment can be extended to other areas of the world in the grip of similar crises.
Without peace and security, no development activity is possible