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UNDP Oslo Governance Centre support to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 16:

Promote Peaceful and Inclusive Societies, Provide Access to Justice and Build Effective, Accountable and Inclusive Institutions and Measuring Governance for Development Results

UNDP has been active over the years in supporting the development of governance indicators. The Oslo Governance Centre continues to play a key role in the development of the SDG16 global monitoring framework, in particular on data collection on the global level.  UNDP, in collaboration with other partners, convenes and facilitates a Virtual Network for discussions and exchanges with a view to strengthening SDG 16 indicator – on the global and national level. The network brings together various experts and stakeholders, including development practitioners, statisticians, UN agencies and civil society organizations to explore existing indicators and internationally agreed instruments for measuring Goal 16. The OGC also engages other UN and international actors working on issues related to Goal 16 implementation, measurement, monitoring and reporting, such as the Praia City Group on Governance Statistics.

- OGC supported the annual meeting of the Praia City Group on Governance Statistics that took place in Paris from July 4-6, 2016 and is chairing the Praia working groups’ inputs to the Inter Agency Expert group on relevant SDG 16 indicators.  The Praia City Group made up of UN Member States national statistics offices will continue to be a key actor in advising the UN Statistical Commission in its work in finalising the official SDG 16 global monitoring framework. UNDP and the OGC is an active partner to the Praia in these processes.

- Country readiness for monitoring SDG16 is a core area of work for OGC and is contributing in its active engagement and support to pilot countries developing frameworks and systems for producing data to report on Goal 16 related indicators. This is being done in partnership with civil society and intergovernmental processes, integrating global governance data initiatives and employing innovative methods for presenting governance data for national stakeholders. To supplement and complement the official data that is being produced by government and state bodies, these pilot initiatives will also integrate other governance related monitoring initiatives – for example, the governance data that countries use within the Open Government Partnership initiative and others.  


Past events on SDG 16


Achieving the SDGs and Sustainable Peace: Development Programming in Complex and Fragile Settings

This joint Norwegian Government / UNDP seminar on the 23rd November, 2016 examined how addressing fragility and sustaining peace was essential for inclusive development and for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) especially in countries in transition.

It built on the past lessons of achieving the Millennium Development Goals and closely examined development programming in the context of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development that aims to build more resilient, inclusive and cohesive societies.

The first half saw a high-level panel comprising Tone Skogen, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway; Magdy Martínez-Solimán, Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP and Jan Egeland, Secretary General, Norwegian Refugee Council.

The second half of the seminar saw speakers drawing on experiences of development programming challenges and opportunities in fragile environments and asking questions related to specific gaps in analysis and/or resources; application of lessons learned from one context to another and modalities to be used for inclusive development.

This event also marked UNDP’s 50th anniversary and the close collaboration between Norway and UNDP.




Nordic Consultation on United Nations and World Bank report on development and conflict prevention

On the 20th and 21st October, 2016, UNDP’s Oslo Governance Centre and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) organised Nordic consultations on a joint United Nations (PBSO, DPA, DPKO and UNDP) and World Bank study which examines the evidence base on how development policies and programs contribute to the prevention of violent conflict. This study will be presented at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly and at the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund in 2017.

On the morning of the 20th, the study core team gave an overview of the purpose, analytical framework and structure of the study which was followed by discussants and plenary discussions. This was followed by another panel discussion on the challenges of operationalising the study.

Complementing the discussions on the first day, the following morning saw the organisation of a research meeting to delve further into research issues around the main components of a prevention agenda in terms of development, security, politics and inclusion. Some of the issues that were explored included: prevention at the local level and the evidence of the effectiveness of conflict resolution mechanisms; how is development for growth different from development for prevention and peace; evidence around issues of trauma, trust and reconciliation; and how a prevention agenda reconciles issues of institutions and agency as well as political dynamics. 



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Webinar: Why SDG 16 matters to the African Great Lakes Region?

In September, 2015, World Leaders adopted the transformational 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with an ambitious set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets. The SDG 16 urges us to 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 SDG 16 is of particular importance for the 12 Member States (Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, DR Congo, Kenya, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia) of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) against the backdrop of past recurrent crises as well as ongoing conflicts in Burundi, CAR, South Sudan and eastern DRC. This webinar analyses opportunities and challenges for effective implementation of the SDG 16 in the GLR and hopes to address the following questions:

- What will be the added value of SDG 16 ten years after the signing of the ICGLR Pact on Security, Stability and Developmentand its ten Protocols?
- What are the lessons learned from the ICGLR process to ensure successful implementation of SDG 16?
- Based on ongoing ICGLR initiatives on fighting Youth unemployment and illegal exploitation of natural resources / extractive industries as examples of collaborative regional commitments to address root causes of conflicts, what policy options emerge from the Great Lakes Region?

Program and introduction of speakers: Click Here

The webinar is available on YouTube 




NOREF - UNDP Breakfast Seminar: Socities and Conflict - UNDP's approach in times of crises

On 22 April, 2016, UNDP Oslo Governance Centre and NOREF hosted a seminar on social contract in the context of fragile states. 

The development sector needs to adapt to a fast changing world. While some important successes have been registered, many more challenges remain, including the scourges of inequality and fragility. The 2030 development agenda for sustainable development also marks a new era with universal applicable goals. In order to confront tomorrow´s threats, the United Nations is reviewing its approach to peacekeeping, peacebuilding and development. Ongoing and recently completed high-level reviews are advocating for greater investment in conflict prevention and a revitalized development paradigm with sustainable peace, security, justice and governance at its core. United Nations agencies are therefore retooling and upgrading their abilities to better serve their partners.

In this context the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has reconceptualised its support to state and civil society institutions, especially in settings where fragility, conflict and violence threaten to roll-back hard won development gains. A key priority is to build resilient social contracts that both strengthen institutions and simultaneously facilitate dialogue, mediation and a shared sense of responsibility. A significant support to this reconceptualisation was provided by NOREF and its authorship of a concept note “Engaged Societies, Responsive States: The Social Contract in Situations of Conflict and Fragility”.

Invitation and program available HERE

For any questions or queries related to this event please contact:info@peacebuilding.no



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Expert Meeting on Measuring SDG 16 Targets on Peace, Inclusion and Freedom

On 28-29 January, 2016, UNDP’s Oslo Governance Center (OGC) and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) convened an expert meeting to consider in detail the choice among various indicators for Goal 16 of the SDGs, on peace, justice and accountable institutions. The meeting was attended by 78 representatives from National Statistical Offices (NSOs), governments, multilateral agencies, research and policy institutions, and civil society organizations.

The expert meeting focused in particular on targets 16.1 on violence, 16.3 on justice, 16.7 on inclusiveness, and 16.10 on fundamental freedoms. In the discussions, both administrative and survey indicators were identified that were considered ‒ on conceptual, methodological, practical or statistical grounds ‒ to be preferable alternatives, or essential complements, to the those presently prioritized.

The report from the meeting is avalible HERE

Read the full program HERE

Goal 16 –The Indicators We Want: Download HERE

Other key resources from the meeting:

SDG 16: Where are we? (Gary Milante, SIPRI).

The UCDP Armed Conflict definition (Erik Melander, UCDP).

Conceptualizing conflict through events (Clionadh Raleigh, University of Sussex).

The UCDP battle related deaths database (Margareta Sollenberg, UCDP).
Measuring conflict and violence for policy and research (Anke Hoeffler, Oxford University).

Going beyond crime: How to deliver justice for all
 (Stacey Cram, NAMATI).

Beyond administrative data (Jana Schuhmann, UNDP).  

An empirical prioritization of key Goal 16 indicators (Mark Orkin, University of the Witwatersrand, Former National Statistician of South Africa).

Comments: Andrew Mack, Simon Fraser University. 

Leah Wawro (Transparency International).

Laying out the issues (Bill Orme, Global Forum for Media Development). 

Experience from Africa (Peter Opio, Uganda NSO).



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Workshop: Politics and Governance: Making Development Cooperation More Effective in Fragile Contexts

UNDP’s Oslo Governance Centre along with Norad and the OECD-DAC Development Cooperation Directorate organized a half – day seminar on 28 October, 2015, on how to work more effectively in countries affected by fragility. This event explored multiple but inter-connected questions relating to the challenges of thinking and working politically in development cooperation and operationalizing country context knowledge into programmatic work. It also addressed governance issues in sector work and explored the impact of governance structures and the political economy of development organisations.  With sessions chaired by OGC and Norad, and presentations from OECD, BBC Media Action and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there was focus on how the changing nature of accessing information, role of media and people’s capacity to communicate was influencing development cooperation. The event also saw the launch of the OECD-DAC GOVNET Governance practitioner’s notebook on ‘Alternative Ideas and Approaches’  in which expert commentators speak on the major governance issues facing today’s practitioners. This event came against the backdrop of Norway consolidating development cooperation efforts especially in its focus countries and UNDP adopting an integrated approach to building inclusive societies and sustaining peace through democratic governance and conflict prevention.



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Seminar: The Sustainable Development Goals & Human Rights

The UNDP Oslo Governance Centre (OGC) with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR) organized a seminar on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Human Rights on 23 October, 2015.

This seminar, attended by a large and diverse gathering, showcased presentations from Norad, NCHR, the Danish Institute for Human Rights as well as from Alejandro Alvarez from the Rule of Law, Justice, Security and Human Rights Team, UNDP who spoke on implementing Goal 16 and the challenges and opportunities it presented. Sarah Lister, Director of UNDP’s OGC welcomed the participants and spoke about how this event responded to the wider question of how and to what extent it was possible to integrate a human rights approach in the new global goals. The event and lively exchange that followed explored the design and implementation of the SDGs and the potential relationship with human rights and SDG 16 on governance, peace and inclusion.



OGC organized Webinar: ‘Knowledge: the new inequality and governance challenge for the Global Goals?’

OGC and the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex organized a webinar on 22 October 2015, addressing the central question of how whether and how knowledge is the new inequality and governance challenge for the SDGs. This webinar was organised against the backdrop of the recent IDS publication (March 2015): ‘The Future of Knowledge Sharing in a Digital Age: Exploring Impacts and Policy Implications for Development.

Attended by 64 online participants it provided the opportunity to hear about knowledge sharing and its potential impact on people’s lives and how it was likely to contribute to or damage development agendas over the next 15 years. Both the positive and negative implications that an increasingly digital world hold for achieving global development goals were discussed and the case made for greater attention to be paid to these on the part of the international community especially in relation to democratic governance, institutional accountability, responsiveness and transparency. The full recording of this event is available on the OGC YouTube channel here.