SDG 16
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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. 

Goals in action

UNDP in Afghanistan

Building bridges in Afghanistan

Ten years ago there were just three border crossing points between Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Today there are six bridges, and there are plans to construct a seventh. MORE >

UNDP in Kosovo*

In aftermath of war, technology reduces crime and violence

The Kosovo Small Arms Control Project (KOSSAC) is determined to reduce gun crime and violence in a country still recovering from a brutal war. According to a recent survey, 50 percent of households still possess firearms, many of them illegal. MORE >

UNDP in Nepal

Something to celebrate: Recognition of transgender identity marks a step toward equality

Monica Shahi made history as the first transgender person in Nepal to receive a passport recognizing her gender identity as unconnected to her biological sex. This is her story. MORE >

UNDP in Guatemala

Women survivors raise their voices for justice

More than 30 years after she saw her family and community torn apart by Guatemala’s decades-long civil war, Elena de Paz decided to tell her story. She was one of the 97 witnesses who testified during the trial for crimes against humanity. MORE >

UNDP in Egypt

The right to legal aid

Poor and illiterate women and men are the most vulnerable when it comes to the labyrinthine procedures of Egypt’s family courts. Navigating the complex paperwork of the legal system is a serious obstacle in their search for justice. MORE >