David Steven River Path Associates

David Steven is the founding director of River Path.
David has two decades’ experience of research and consulting across the international relations spectrum. Currently his work focuses on delivery of the 2030 Agenda, with a special interest in SDG16 and related goals, including work on peaceful, just and inclusive societies.
David has been a Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the Center on International Cooperation at New York University since 2009. He has published widely in this capacity. Highlights include the OECD’s States of Fragility report (March 2015) and The Future is Not Good Enough: Business as Usual after 2015prepared for the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (May 2013). He is also currently working on the UN-World Bank report on preventing violent conflict, due for publication later in 2017.


David has been actively involved in shaping approaches to delivering Agenda 2030, working with a range of partners. Relevant publications include Turning Ambition into Reality - Platforms and Partnerships for Delivering Agenda 2030 (CIC 2016), SDG Targets for Fostering Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies (CIC 2016), What Happens Now? Time to Deliver the Post-2015 Development Agenda (CIC 2015and From Declaration to Delivery: Actioning the Post-2015 Agenda (Save the Children 2015). He was invited by the President of the UN General Assembly to submit an independent report for the thematic debate on ensuring stable and peaceful societies (SDG16) in 2014.


In addition, David has contributed to regional and country level thinking on implementation for the next 15 years, with particular focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. He is currently exploring options with national governments on fast delivery of results on ending violence against children (SDG16.2) in a number of countries, including Tanzania, Indonesia, Sweden and the Philippines.


David has also recently served as the Senior Strategic Adviser to the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. He has been working closely with UNICEF, Save the Children and others on this issue since 2014. Key publications include Children in Danger (UNICEF UK 2014), If Not Now, When? Ending Violence Against the World’s Children (CIC 2014), The Post-2015 Agenda – Delivering its Core Promises to Children (CIC 2015), and Every Child Deserves a Childhood (UNICEF UK 2015).


Between 2013 and 2015, David served as a non-resident Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program of the Brookings Institution. In this capacity, he co-authored two books in 2014: The Risk Pivot: Great Powers, International Security, and the Energy Revolution and The New Politics of Strategic Resources: Energy and Food Security Challenges in the 21st Century. Between 2009 and 2014, he was also Research Director for the Pakistan Next Generation Task Force.


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