Stakeholders’ dialogue on SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong InstitutionsFeb 27, 2018
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.
“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.