Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Objective: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Why it matters: We are living in a world that is increasingly divided. Some regions enjoy sustained levels of peace, security and prosperity, while others fall into seemingly endless cycles of conflict and violence. Indeed until there is peace, stability, human rights or effective governance that is based on the rule of law – we cannot hope for sustainable development. This is why it is disturbing to discover that every minute, nearly 20 people are displaced as a result of conflict or persecution; 10 million have been deemed stateless as a result of having been denied a nationality and related rights; and 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not considered a crime.
Target 16.1: Reduce violence everywhere
Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere.
Target 16.2: Protect children from abuse, expoitation, trafficking and violence
End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.
Target 16.3: Promote the rule of law and ensure equal access to justice
Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all.
Target 16.4: Combat organized crime and illicit financial and arms flows
By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organised crime.
Target 16.5: Substantially reduce corruption and bribery
Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms.
Target 16.6: Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions
Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels.
Target 16.7: Ensure responsive, inclusive and representative decision-making
Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels.
Target 16.8: Strengthen the participation in global governance
By 2020, introduce measures to prevent the introduction and significantly reduce the impact of invasive alien species on land and water ecosystems and control or eradicate the priority species.
Target 16.9: Provide universal legal identity
By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration.
Target 16.10: Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms
Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements.
Target 16A: Strengthen national institutions to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime
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.
Target 16B: Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies
Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development.