Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels – the 16th SDG goal presented by the United Nations organization under a strategy called Sustainable Development Goals.
We cannot hope for sustainable development without peace, stability, human rights, and effective governance based on law. Yet, our world is increasingly divided. Some regions enjoy peace, security, and prosperity, while others fall into seemingly endless cycles of conflict and violence. This is not inevitable and must be addressed.
Armed violence and insecurity have a destructive impact on a country’s development, affecting economic growth and often resulting in grievances that last for generations. Sexual violence, crime, exploitation, and torture are also prevalent where there is a conflict or no rule of law, and countries must take measures to protect those who are most at risk
The SDGs aim to significantly reduce all forms of violence and work with governments and communities to end conflict and insecurity. Promoting the rule of law and human rights is key to this process, reducing the flow of illicit arms and strengthening the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance.
Peaceful and inclusive societies – Goal 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 by 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.