Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Without peace, stability, human rights and effective governance, based on the rule of law - we cannot hope for sustainable development. We are living in a world that is increasingly divided. Some regions enjoy sustained levels of peace, security and prosperity, while others fall into seemingly endless cycles of conflict and violence. This is by no means inevitable and must be addressed.

High levels of armed violence and insecurity have a destructive impact on a country’s development, affecting economic growth and often resulting in long standing grievances that can last for generations. Sexual violence, crime, exploitation and torture are also prevalent where there is 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 find lasting solutions to conflict and insecurity. Strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights is key to this process, as is reducing the flow of illicit arms and strengthening the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance.

Facts and figures

20

Every minute, nearly 20 people are displaced as a result of conflict or persecution. At the end of 2016, the total number of forcibly displaced persons was 65.6 million.

10 million

There are also 10 million stateless people around the world who have been denied a nationality and related rights.

US$1.26 trillion

Corruption, bribery, theft and tax evasion cost developing countries US$1.26 trillion per year.

603 million

603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not considered a crime.

46

In 46 countries, women now hold more than 30 percent of seats in at least one chamber of the national parliament.

1 in 3

UNDP supports one in three parliaments around the world and provides assistance for an election every two weeks.

  • 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
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