You follow the SD4GVP coalition because you want to prevent gun violence in your own neighborhood and city. But did you know that gun violence prevention intersects with the goals of the United Nations?
Established in 1946, coalition member United Nations Association of the United States, San Diego Chapter (UNA-SD) promotes engagement with the United Nations by translating its global initiatives into local context.
SD4GVP has been working with UNA-SD in support of achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the 2030 Agenda. These are 17 goals agreed upon in 2015 by all 193 member states of the United Nations to build fairer, equitable and sustainable societies that intend to leave no one behind by the year 2030.
Achieving such an ambitious agenda requires engagement at all levels, but especially at the local level. Through its work with member organizations in San Diego, SD4GVP as a coalition is enacting its mission of gun violence prevention in ways that align with and support several of the UN’s SDGs.
1. Legislative advocacy
SD4GVP works to help pass laws at the city, county, state and federal levels that enforce background checks, ensure firearm safety, ban assault-style weapons and restrict access to ghost guns. The coalition also advocates funding for violence intervention and prevention (VIP) programs and policing.
That work supports these SDGs: (3) Good Health and Wellbeing, (10) Reduced Inequalities, (11) Sustainable Cities and Communities, (16) Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
SD4GVP collects and publishes information on gun violence restraining orders (GVROs, or red-flag laws), and the safe storage of firearms. It distributes the information and conducts presentations geared to gun owners and non-owners alike, including to schools and other organizations.
That work supports these SDGs: (3) Good Health and Wellbeing, (4) Quality Education, (5) Gender Equality, (11) Sustainable Cities and Communities, (16) Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
Among its coalition members, SD4GVP counts organizations that provide support for victims of violence against intimate partners and members of the LGBTQI+ community. SD4GVP organizations also support racial justice, especially in the fight for police oversight and accountability.
That work supports these SDGs: (3) Good Health and Wellbeing, (4) Quality Education, (5) Gender Equality, (10) Reduced Inequalities, (11) Sustainable Cities and Communities, (16) Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, (17) Partnerships to Achieve the Goals.
Governments working through the United Nations can’t achieve their SDGs alone. It will take a worldwide partnership between the public and private sectors, involving individuals, non-governmental organizations, corporations and foundations. SD4GVP is pleased to have UNA-SD as a member of our coalition.