Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

Our program focuses on the mutuality of sustainable development and peace. Agenda 2030 states that “there can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.” The new agenda sets ambitious targets for tackling violence, insecurity and injustice, and for strengthening the governance and institutions that will underpin a more sustainable future. These targets are of critical importance at a time when large numbers of people feel that development has left them behind, have low levels of trust in institutions, and are worried about violence and instability. 

SDG16 is the main goal for “fostering peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence,” but it has strong links with other goals, in line with the indivisible nature of Agenda 2030.

CIC, in association with the governments of Brazil and Switzerland, is working with other UN member states, international organizations, global partnerships, civil society, and the private sector to explore these challenges. A number of countries have already participated intensely in meetings where there have shared their national experiences and highlighted what works for SDG16. Among them are: Brazil, Canada, Indonesia, Mexico, Qatar, Sierra Leone, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor-Leste, and the United States.

We have developed SDG 16+ targets to underline interconnectedness among goals and targets and to build an integrated approach to peaceful, just and inclusive societies:

  • To strengthens the case for universality, encouraging all countries to take full account
  • To entrench inequality in all societies for the most marginalized
  • To place gender and human rights perspective for “all human beings can fulfill their potential in dignity and equality”
  • To emphasize the regional and global dimensions with more than 40% of the SDG16+ targets partly or wholly international in their formulation.
  • To reinforce collaboration between sectors for effective implementation

We aim to bring together indicators for all SDG16+ targets with a strategic approach to SDG16+ data to overcome the challenges in fragmentation of data and evidence.

The SDG16+ targets call for collective and collaborative action that is urgently needed to build platforms and partnerships to develop practical strategies, accelerate implementation, and scale up evidence-based solutions.

Our priority is to provide a platform for member states and other stakeholders to develop a roadmap for the implementation of SDG16 and related targets. We will work with partners to build political momentum for delivery, increase coherence across sectors, and deliver results at a scale that is in line with Agenda 2030’s ambitions. 

Read our Featured Publication Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies