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SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels) 

Conflict, insecurity, weak institutions, and limited access to justice remain a great threat to sustainable development. 

The number of people fleeing war, persecution, and conflict exceeded 70 million in 2018, the highest level recorded by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in almost 70 years. 

In 2019, the United Nations tracked 357 killings and 30 enforced disappearances of human rights defenders, journalists, and trade unionists in 47 countries.

And the births of around one in four children under age 5 worldwide are never officially recorded, depriving them of proof of legal identity crucial for the protection of their rights and for access to justice and social services.

Goal targets

- 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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