Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Peace, stability, human rights and effective governance based on the rule of law are important conduits for sustainable development. 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. This is by no means inevitable and must be addressed.

High levels of armed violence and insecurity have a destructive impact on a country’s development, affecting economic growth and often resulting in long standing grievances among communities that can last for generations. Sexual violence, crime, exploitation and torture are also prevalent where there is conflict or no rule of law, and countries must take measures to protect those who are most at risk.

The Sustainable Development Goals aim to significantly reduce all forms of violence, and work with governments and communities to find lasting solutions to conflict and insecurity. Strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights is key to this process, as is reducing the flow of illicit arms and strengthening the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance.

Promoting peace and justice is one of 17 Global Goals that make up the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. An integrated approach is crucial for progress across the multiple goals.

Learn more about the targets for Goal 16.

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National Dialogue on Unity and Diversity
National Dialogue on Unity and Diversity

A national consultative forum has brought together participants from across the country for a multi-stakeholder dialogue on diversity and national unity within Ethiopia’s federal system.more 

Support to Ethiopia Peace Support Training Centre
UNDP Country Director Ms. Louise Chamberlain signing the new agreement with Brigadier General Habtamu Tilahun
UNDP-Japan renew their commitment to support Ethiopia Peace Support Training Centre

UNDP signed a USD 500,000 project to continue its support to the Ethiopia Peace Support Training Centre (EPSTC) with the financial support of the Government of Japan. more 

 Enhancing role of religious leaders as messengers of peace and reconciliation
Enhancing role of religious leaders as messengers of peace and reconciliation

Religious leaders from across the country have ended a two-day national conference on peace and reconciliation with detailed recommendations to be presented to the Ethiopian government to help address issues around recent unrest and public protestsmore 

 UNDP launches new governance programme for Ethiopia
UNDP Resident Representative Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie with State Minister Admassu Nebebe, Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation
UNDP launches new governance programme for Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s seven key public democratic institutions have endorsed the establishment of a Democratic Institutions’ Forum (DIF), which will be set up with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).more 

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