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Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace , Justice, and Strong Institutions

Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

The goal is dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.

Why this goal is important?

Because it is important that governments, civil society and communities work together to implement lasting solutions to reduce violence, deliver justice, combat corruption and ensure inclusive participation at all times. Also to achieve all other goals, peaceful, just and inclusive societies are necessary .

Facts and figures
Among the institutions most affected by corruption are the judiciary and police
Corruption, bribery, theft and tax evasion cost some US $1.26 trillion for developing countries per year; this amount of money could be used to lift those who are living on less than $1.25 a day above $1.25 for at least six years
The rate of children leaving primary school in conflict affected countries reached 50 per cent in 2011, which accounts to 28.5 million children, showing the impact of unstable societies on one of the major goals of the post 2015 agenda: education.
The rule of law and development have a significant interrelation and are mutually reinforcing, making it essential for sustainable development at the national and international level

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Goal 16 targets

• Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere

• End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children

• Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all

• By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime

• Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms

• Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels

• Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels

• Broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance

• By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration

• Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements

• Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime

• Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development.


To know more on UAE Govt’s initiative on SDG goal 16, click here.

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