UNDP Global Policy Centre for Governance

Advancing knowledge, data and insight on frontier governance issues

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Launch of the 2nd Global Progress Report on SDG16 at HLPF

17 July 2024

The event was Co-Organised by the UNDP Global Policy Centre for Governance, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in collaboration with IPU, UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO, UNCTAD and the World Bank. Co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of Romania, Sierra Leone and Norway.

The 2nd Global Progress Report on SDG16 Indicators– At the Crossroads: Breakdown or Breakthrough for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions was launched by UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, at a high-level side-event during the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development on 17 July 2024 . 

This event convened Member States, civil society representatives, experts and policy makers to discuss progress on SDG 16 with a focus on available data and with the aim to articulate a vision to accelerate SDG 16 in the 2nd half of the 2030 Agenda.

Our presenters and speakers were:

  • Ms. Andreea Mocanu, Charge d’Affaires, Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations 
  • H.E.  Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations 
  • Mr. Haoliang Xu, Under Secretary General and Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme
  • Ms. Ilze Brands Kehris, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights  
  • Mr. Peter Sam-Kpakra, Development Secretary, Ministry of Planning and Economic Development of the Republic of Sierra Leone  
  • Ms. Rosario Galarza, Intersectionalities and Cross-Movement Collaboration Senior Officer, International Disability Alliance  
  • Mr. Henk-Jan Brinkman, Permanent Observer of the International Development Law Organization to the UN  
  • Mr. Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director, Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime 
  • Moderated by Mr. Arvinn Gadgil, Director, Global Policy Centre for Governance, UNDP

New Publication during HLPF

2nd Global Progress Report on SDG16 Indicators 


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The 2nd Global Progress Report on SDG16 Indicators represents a unique and pivotal UN inter-agency effort toward supporting the realization of the 2030 Agenda. This report reveals critical trends that, if not reversed, could jeopardize the achievement of all goals set by the international community, leaving an increasing number of people behind.

Released in 2023, the first joint Global Progress Report on SDG 16 served as a wake-up call for action on strengthened efforts towards justice, peace, and strong institutions. The report portrayed a sobering picture, revealing that progress toward the 2030 Agenda was alarmingly off track, with advancements on goal 16 worryingly slow. In some instances, even moving in the wrong direction. The report, however, acknowledged some significant strides towards supporting countries in addressing data gaps through partnership, technical assistance and production of evidence.

This report, the second dedicated to Goal 16, compiles contributions from all indicators in a single document providing the best regional and global data that the UN system can offer across all targets. The data, statistics and accompanying analysis spotlight trends that have and will continue to shape our world, policy options and underscore the urgent need for action to reverse negative trends and to foster a more just and sustainable future. 

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Mission Statement

The UNDP Global Policy Centre for Governance is the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) dedicated knowledge, research and analytical centre for governance issues. From its office in Oslo, Norway, the Centre draws on the experience of practitioners, policymakers and researchers, serving as a convener of new ideas, conduit of frontier research, and connecter of disciplines. Through these efforts, the Centre aspires to be a conversation starter and meeting space that fosters transformative change in governance systems at national and global level. 

Our Focus


The Global Policy Centre for Governance is committed to being a responsive and agile entity that tackles frontier governance issues and challenges. Currently, our Focus Areas include Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions; Fair and Green Transitions; Information Integrity; Financial Integrity, and Anti-Corruption.

Focus Areas will adjust as and when required to address emerging needs for knowledge, data and insights on frontier governance issues.

Focus Areas