International Development Law Organization

SDG16 Conference 2024

“We are determined to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence.
There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.”

– Preamble of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the International Development Law Organization and the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations will organize the “SDG 16 High-Level Conference 2024 – Peace, justice and inclusive societies for Sustainable Development”, to be held on Monday, 6 May 2024 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The High-Level Conference comes at a time when peace, justice and inclusive, effective, and accountable institutions are more needed than ever, and will serve as high-level platform to assess and promote SDG 16 as a key enabler of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Serving as the Official SDG 16 Review Conference in preparation of the next High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, the Conference will assess progress and challenges related to SDG 16 and highlight the catalytic effect that progress on SDG 16 can have on addressing intersecting crises facing the world and achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Conference will bring together representatives of governments, international organizations, civil society, academia and youth. Building on the outcomes of previous editions, the Conference will foster the sharing of experiences and insights and help to identify good practices that can support the acceleration of progress towards SDG 16 in support of the transition to a more sustainable future, and further promote its key role as enabler of all the other Sustainable Development Goals.

The outcomes of the Conference will provide inputs and support the in-depth review of SDG 16 at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July 2024 and also inform the process towards the Summit of the Future in September 2024.

High-level engagement by all delegations is encouraged.


Follow the Conference on UN Web TV:

Morning sessions (10:30 - 13:00)

Afternoon sessions (15:00 - 18:00)

Registration for the Conference is now closed. 



Concept Note


Guiding Questions

SDG 16 Library

Information note for participants


High-Level Opening Speakers

H. E. Mr. Sergio Mattarella
President of the Republic of Italy

Ms. Amina J. Mohammed
Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Mr. Li Junhua
Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs,
Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)

Ms. Jan Beagle
International Development Law Organization


H. E. Amb. Pedro Comissário Afonso
Permanent Representative of the Republic of Mozambique to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for May 2024

Mr. Abdul Tejan Cole
Executive Director,
African Center of Excellence-Access to Justice (Ace-AJ)

Mr. Michael Collins
Executive Director Americas, Institute for Economics & Peace

Mr. Helder Da Costa
General Secretary,
g7+ Secretariat

Mr. Oscar Escobar
Former Mayor of Palmira,
Colombia 2020-2023

Ms. Charlotte Le Faucheur
Program Associate, Cordaid and Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS)

Mr. Manuel Fontaine
Special Adviser, Child Rights,
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Ms. Lynrose Jane D. Genon
Executive Council Member,
Young Women+ Leaders for Peace – Philippines (YW+PL-PH)

Mr. Blair Glencorse
Co-CEO, Accountability Lab and Civil Society Co-Chair,
Open Government Partnership Steering Committee

Mr. Luke Goh
Permanent Secretary for Law and Second Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs,

Amb. Gianluca Greco
Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations

Ms. Shannon N. Green
Assistant to the Administrator of the Bureau for Democracy,
Human Rights, and Governance (DRG)
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Mr. Orlando Aguirre Gómez
President of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Republic of Costa Rica

Ms. Elizabeth (Liz) Hume
Executive Director,
Alliance for Peacebuilding and Co-chair, Transparency,
Accountability Participation (TAP) Network / Civil Society
Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS)

Ms. Patricia Kameri-Mbote
Director, Law Division,
United Nations Environment Programme

Ms. June Kunugi
Public Partnerships Division,
United Nations Children’s Fund

Ms. Luísa Franco Machado
Young Leader for the SDG

Amb. Maurizio Massari
Permanent Representative of Italy
to the United Nations

Ms. Ulrika Modéer
Assistant Administrator, Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP-BERA)

Ms. Claudia del Rosario Palencia Morales
Vice Minister,
Ministry of Governance, Guatemala

Ms. Ana Patricia Muñoz
Executive Director,
International Budget Partnership

Ms. Gwendolyn Myers
Founder and Executive Director,
Messengers of Peace (MOP)

Ms. Najat Maalla M’jid
pecial Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children

H. E. Ms. Paula Narváez
United Nations Economic and Social Council

Mr. John Romano
Transparency, Accountability & Participation (TAP) Network

Ms. Maria Isabel Aninat Sahli
Dean of Faculty of Law, Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Chile
Vice Chair of the Board of Advisors, International IDEA

Mr. Martin Seychell
Deputy Director General,
Directorate General for International Partnerships, European Commission

Mr. Peter van Sluijs
Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Expert and Coordinator,
Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS)

Mr. Hussein Thomasi
Solicitor General and Legal Secretary,
Ministry of Justice, The Gambia

Mr. Mandeep Tiwana
Chief Officer,
Evidence and Engagement, CIVICUS