Armed conflict and insecurity have a destructive impact on Yemen’s development, affecting economic growth, eliciting personal grievances, and provoking physical and sexual abuse, crime, exploitation and torture. It has undermined the efforts of non-state actors to protect those who are most at risk and – according to the Human Development Index – have driven the country’s values back to the same level they were at in 1998. This means that all of the development gains achieved over the past 20 years have effectively been undone.
The SDGs aim to reduce all forms of violence, and work with governments and communities to find lasting solutions to conflict and insecurity. Strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights is key to this process, as is reducing the flow of illicit arms and strengthening the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance.