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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 or 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.     

Fighting corruption in the Bahamas

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.

Putting children’s voices at the heart of decision-making in Indonesia

Lenny N. Rosalin is the Deputy Minister for Child Growth and Development within Indonesia’s Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection. Since joining the Ministry in 2007, she has worked on various portfolios including violence against women, ‘child-friendly cities’ and protection of women laborers. She is now in charge of child growth and development.

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Key Initiatives

  • 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.

Highlights

  • The High-Level Political Forum is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development and it has a central role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global level.

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Publications

  • #Justiceforwomen and girls is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda, with its commitments to gender equality (SDG 5) and its promise of peaceful, just and inclusive societies (SDG 16). The High-level Group of Justice for Women worked to better understand common justice problems for women, make the case for investment and identify strategies that work.

Speeches, Advocacy and Policies

  • 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly: High-level Forum Event on Advancing Women’s Roles and Rights amid Global Challenges

    STATEMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT LAW ORGANIZATION

    Delivered by Irene Khan, Director-General, IDLO

     

  • 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly: High-level Meeting on Somalia

    STATEMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT LAW ORGANIZATION

    New York

    Delivered by Irene Khan, Director-General, IDLO

     

    Excellencies,

    Distinguished Delegates,

  • General Debate of the High-Level Political Forum

    STATEMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT LAW ORGANIZATION

    United Nations Headquarters, New York

    Delivered by Mr. Patrizio Civili, Permanent Observer, IDLO

     

  • Conference in preparation for High-level Political Forum 2019: "Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies: SDG 16 implementation and the path towards leaving no one behind"

    STATEMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT LAW ORGANIZATION

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy

  • 40th Session of the Human Rights Council - Item 5: Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law

    STATEMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT LAW ORGANIZATION

    Room XX, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

    Delivered by Silvia Dodero, Office of the Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva

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