Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development

Peace and justice are basic human rights. We must address the current problems of homicide, violence against children, human trafficking, and sexual violence in the world. By building and providing access to a strong judicial systems and other governmental institutions, we make advancements in the achievement of this sustainable development goal.

What’s the Goal?

UN’s goal #16 aims to provide peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, by reducing all forms of violence, abuse, and trafficking. It addresses the importance of access to justice and building accountable institutions at all levels.

Why Does it Matter?

Thousands of people suffer from homicide and trafficking issues, especially in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Abuse and sexual violence against children are still dominant issues faced by many countries around the world.

Everyone Deserves to Live Free of Fear and in Peace

Thousands of people suffer from homicide and trafficking issues, especially in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia. Abuse and sexual violence against children are still dominant issues faced by many countries around the world.

Can We Achieve This Goal?

Yes, we can. We, as a global society, need to take an interest in our local and national government. We also need to help to raise community awareness by educating everyone on the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and how they affect daily life.

What Can We Do to Help?

SDG 16 is a long-term goal that will have to be achieved at different levels. Individual communities need to collaborate actively and nurture the movement of SDG 16. You can help with this by raising community awareness of these issues. However, this cannot be achieved by any single group. National governments have the greatest impact. Let your national government and officials know they need to enact more transparent regulations that prioritize justice, rights, and anti-corruption. Creating more human rights institutions and implementing birth registration around the world are the first steps to protecting human rights.

Goal 16 Facts & Figures

$1.26 trillion

Corruption, bribery, and tax evasion cost in developing countries per year

28.5 million

Number of primary school age who are out of school and live in conflicted affected areas

73%

Percentage of children under 5 that have birth registration

Goal 16 Targets

  • By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime
  • End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children
  • By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration
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