SDG #16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
One thing all goals have in common is an active will of the states themselves to actually complete these goals, as there is little to lose by not doing it. An important step on the way is having a strong, democratic institution that values human rights and the future of their country. Many, sadly, do not have access to this and it is estimated that one in four children are never registered at birth, meaning they are excluded from essential services, and some are even on the run from the government that is meant to protect them.
There are ten targets:
- Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere
- End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children
- Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all
- Significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime
- Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms
- Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
- Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
- Broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance
- Provide legal identity for all, including birth registration
- Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements
What does it mean and what can we do?
This goal is basically an outline of all the necessary constitutional parts of a healthy democracy.
You can help by supporting neutral and investigative journalism, as well as NGOs like Amnesty, that support the right to freedom of speech all around the world through their work and advocacy. You can also help by supporting organizations that in turn help and support victims of child trafficking and abuse, as well as those that work to prevent it from happening.