SDG 16
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Without peace, stability, human rights and effective governance, based on the rule of law - we cannot hope 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 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 SDGs 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. 

Goals in action

UNDP in Madagascar

Support to Parliament will strengthen the democratic transition and rule of law

Supporting the Parliament will not only strengthen an institution, it will also help to set ambitious goals benefiting the entire country. UNDP, in partnership with the Embassy of France and the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa, have held two workshops on the role, organization, and functioning of the Senate. MORE >

UNDP in Africa

To Fight Corruption, Africa Must Explore Innovative Solutions

Over the past 15 years, almost every African country - some willingly, others under duress - has embarked on wide-ranging reforms aimed at strengthening state accountability and eradicating corruption. MORE >

UNDP in Africa

Timely rejuvenation of the African Peer Review Mechanism?

AU Member States established the African Peer Review Mechanism as a voluntary tool to assess political, economic and corporate governance, and socio-economic development in countries. It seeks to ensure that the policies and practices of participating states conform to African Union standards of transparency and accountability. MORE >

UNDP in Africa

Working with African judges to protect rights of people living with HIV

To uphold the rights of people affected by HIV, since 2013 judges from several African countries have met to learn about developments in HIV and tuberculosis related jurisprudence. The Regional Judges' Forum was iniated by the judges themselves and supported by UNDP. MORE >

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