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Strengthening the Evidence-base for Achieving Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Focus Area


Meeting the global targets for peace, justice and strong institutions as agreed to in Agenda 2030 requires partnerships and multi-stakeholder approaches, underpinned by a shared evidence-base for action. The Centre contributes to this important evidence base by generating research, data and insights to support more informed policy choices and decisions. A robust evidence-base on governance challenges enables countries to identify structural bottlenecks that prevent them from achieving sustainable development and enables policymakers to design responses better tailored to people’s priorities and rights.

Research and innovation to unlock the potential of SDG 16

The Centre generates data-informed insights on peace, justice and strong institutions. The Centre’s flagship report produced together with other UN agencies - Global progress report on Sustainable Development Goal 16 indicators: A wake-up call for action on peace, justice and inclusion is launched each year providing the latest analysis of data available on SDG 16 indicators. As countries seek to meet the goals and targets of Agenda 2030, they are increasingly recognising the relevance of SDG 16 as an enabler and accelerator of all SDGs. 

The Centre also works with research partners to advance much needed understanding of the interlinkages between SDG 16 and other SDGs through the ‘Connections that Matter’ series that researches connections between promoting peace, justice and strong institutions and ending poverty and inequality (SDGs 1 & 10), the sustainable use of the oceans (SDG 14) and climate action (SDG 13).

A wide range of actors are working to close the data gaps on SDG 16 through partnerships, technological innovations, taking advantage of digital opportunities, and developing new data collection tools and methodologies. The Centre engages in a broad range of initiatives in collaboration with partners to support these efforts. 

Accelerating efforts in SDG 16 Monitoring and Reporting

UNDP is a custodian of four global SDG indicators tracking global progress on key areas of governance such as people’s satisfaction with public services (SDG 16.6.2); the levels of diversity and inclusion in public institutions such as the public service and the judiciary (SDG 16.7.1); and the responsiveness of government to people (SDG 16.7.2). UNDP is also co-custodian (with UNODC and OHCHR) of an indicator on access to dispute resolution mechanisms (16.3.3). Our responsibility as a custodian for these indicators entails methodological development, strengthening Member States’ statistical capacity to produce the data for the indicators, collecting the data from Member States and reporting it to the global SDG database and to the UN Secretary-General’s annual SDG report.

The Global Policy Centre for Governance in partnership with other UN agencies supports Member States to increase the availability of high-quality data through the SDG 16 Survey. The survey is being used by an increasing number of countries in all regions to measure progress on many of the survey-based indicators under SDG 16, more specifically, on access to justice, corruption, discrimination, governance, violence, and human rights. Regional trainings in partnership with other stakeholders, are provided to countries to strengthen national technical capacities and facilitate cross-country learning.

Promoting methodologies, instruments and standards for Governance Statistics

In a landmark decision, the UN Statistical Commission in 2023, recognized governance statistics as a standalone domain of statistical activities. The Global Policy Centre for Governance has been at the forefront in supporting this achievement through promoting global discussion, advocacy and technical efforts on the measurement of the quality of governance with official statistics.  UNDP is the lead UN entity supporting the Praia Group on Governance Statistics, which includes National Statistics Offices from all regions, UN agencies, and experts from civil society. The Praia Group is mandated to develop high-quality measurement instruments on key sub-domains of governance statistics including Non-Discrimination and Equality and Participation in Political and Public Affairs.

Our Just and Inclusive Institutions Team

Alexandra Wilde, Team Leader – Governance Data and Analytics

Mariana Neves, Governance Statistics Specialist

Fatma Usheva, Governance Data Specialist

Marie Laberge, Senior Expert, Governance Statistics

Priya Sood, Knowledge Management and Advocacy