Goal 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.
Rule of law drives sustainable development at local and global levels
The principles of the rule of law – equality, equity, inclusion, rights, laws and institutions – are embedded throughout the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and well-articulated in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, which aims to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”.
Access to justice and the rule of law enable people to resolve conflicts, claim their rights and seek and obtain remedies. They help to level the playing field between the vulnerable and the powerful by addressing issues of impunity, corruption and discrimination.
That makes SDG 16 a critical driver for the achievement of all other SDGs. Neither food security nor gender equality, neither poverty eradication nor economic development can be advanced without respect for the rule of law.
Having been an ardent advocate for the inclusion of SDG 16 in the 2030 Agenda, IDLO is fully committed to advancing the SDGs. Whether in fragile contexts, emerging democracies or middle-income countries, IDLO contributed to the 2030 Agenda in 2017 through its programs, research and policy advocacy, positioning the rule of law as a key ingredient for sustaining peace and sustainable development.
Building institutions for peace and justice, strengthening accountability, empowering women and girls, fighting corruption, protecting biodiversity and promoting inclusive economic growth are some of the ways in which IDLO’s programs and other activities furthered the implementation of the SDGs in 2017.
Engaging in policy dialogue with governments, donors and policy thinkers at global and national levels in 2017, IDLO highlighted the significance of the rule of law for the achievement of Agenda 2030. Its advocacy was backed by robust research drawing on the lessons learned from its programmatic experience.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has made the need for good governance even more urgent, acting as a stress test for institutions”, Ms. Marina Sereni, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy outlined. While noting its importance, “progress across the various dimensions of SDG 16 has been uneven.
Statement by the Director-General, Jan Beagle, at the Closing of the SDG 16 Conference
Assistant Secretary-General Spatolisano
Colleagues and Friends
It is a pleasure to join you again as we come towards the end of the Second SDG 16 Conference.
Statement by the Director-General, Jan Beagle, at the Opening of the SDG 16 Conference
Vice Minister Sereni,
Under-Secretary General Liu,
Excellencies, Distinguished Guests,
Friends and Colleagues,
On behalf of IDLO, it is a pleasure to welcome you to the second Global SDG 16 Conference.
Access to Justice for All in support of the United Nations Human Rights Council Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law
Statement by the Director-General, Jan Beagle
Thursday, 25 March, 2021
Good morning, good afternoon, good evening.
A warm welcome to this discussion.
Statement by the Director-General, Jan Beagle at the Special Event on Equal Access to Justice for All - 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
9 March, 2021
Colleagues and Friends,
Corruption is a complex social, political and economic problem which undermines democracy, human rights and governance by weakening state institutions, eroding public confidence and hindering the pathway towards sustainable development. The 2019 Transparency International Global Corruption Barometer found that 80% of citizens of the Bahamas considered corruption in government to be an important issue.