Stakeholders’ dialogue on SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Feb 27, 2018

UNDP Country Director, Louise Chamberlain (far left), moderates a session on setting the stage on SDG 16 discussion. UNDP Ethiopia's Economic Advisor, James Wakiago, presents on SDG 16 and interlinages with other SDGs, Ethiopia's national pla and the UN's development assistance framework for the country. Also on the panelist table are David Steven, New York University, Alessandra Casazza, UNDP Regional Centre for Africa, and Niall Thierney, head of development for Irish Aid

27 February 2018, Addis Ababa: National Planning Commission and the UN in Ethiopia hosted a one-day stakeholders’ dialogue to promote increased engagement in Ethiopia on the monitoring, evaluation and reporting processes around the Sustainable Development Goal 16.

The workshop brought together state and non-state partners, civil society, youth, media networks, academia, religious leaders and the private sector. Building on the existing national commitment and ownership, the workshop called for active engagement of stakeholders on the implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of SDG16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.



Ethiopia SDG 16 deputy commissioner and RC

“The Government of Ethiopia envisions to take Ethiopia to a lower middle-income country by 2025 through fast growing inclusive sustainable development.” Getachew Adem, Deputy Commissioner of the National Planning Commission, noted, “To realize this vision, peace, security and strong institutions play prevailing and foundational role.”


Quoting the famous African saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie reflected that “It takes strong institutions to raise nation. She underlined that “That is why today’s SDG 16 workshop on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions is an important milestone in the journey towards implementing Agenda 2030 in Ethiopia.”


SDG 16 is considered vital for the inclusive achievement of other SDGs and encompasses cross-cutting issues. Strengthening reform of the institutional framework is considered a means to effectively address current and future challenges to achieve sustainable development goals. The Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by countries in 2015 to ensure prosperity for the planet and people.

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