From SDG 16 to SDG 16 Plus

As per report “the roadmap for peaceful, just and inclusive societies”, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for: Peaceful, just and inclusive societies that provide equal access to justice and that are based on respect for human rights (including the right to development), on effective rule of law and good governance at all levels, and on transparent, effective and accountable institutions. The agenda pledges to tackle inequality, corruption, poor governance, illicit financial and arms flows, and other factors that give rise to violence and insecurity.

Goal 16 is the main goal for fostering peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. But SDG16 should not be seen in isolation. It has strong links with other goals, in line with the integrated and indivisible nature of the agenda.

In all, 36 targets directly measure an aspect of peace, inclusion, or access to justice, with only a third of these found in SDG16. We call these the SDG16+ targets.

The SDG16+ targets are strongly linked to all Sustainable Development Goals. As the 2030 Agenda recognizes, there can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development. Without peace, justice and inclusion, none of the SDGs can be delivered in full. Violence and injustice destroy lives and make it inevitable that people and communities will be left behind. Patterns of exclusion, and the grievances that they feed, undermine societies and may lead to insecurity and violence. Weak institutions and poor governance make it impossible for societies to reach their full development potential. But social, economic and environmental progress play an equally important role in creating the conditions for peaceful, just and inclusive societies. Inclusive economic growth and social development reduce the risks of violence and conflict, and help societies to work together for a better future. Environmental sustainability and resilience are also critical to building peaceful, just and inclusive societies.

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