Card with the statement Goal 16:Peace, justice and strong institutions on table one of the goals of the SDGs and a symbol.

Delivering the SDGs Through Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG16+)

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 | 6:00 – 7:30 PM (ET) | In-person
Reception to follow at 7:30 PM

United Nations HQ, Delegates Dining Room

*Please note that registration will close on Thursday, 14 September 2023 at 2:00pm (ET). Registration does not guarantee a seat. Once registration is submitted, you will receive an email on 15 September confirming your attendance. The information collected will be used only to secure one ticket to this special event. Please note that all tickets for non-UN pass holders will be name-specific, thus, your name should match your government-issued ID. For MS delegates with a UN pass, we will distribute a ticket for access to the 4th Floor. For further information regarding registration, please contact Amanda Sourek ( and Marta Bautista Forcada (
The Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies (hosted by NYU Center on International Cooperation), International IDEA, and the TAP Network, along with other Global SDG16+ Coalition partners, are delighted to invite you to the event on Delivering the SDGs Through Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG16+) on the sidelines of the 78th Session of the UNGA and the SDG Summit.
This high-level event aims to amplify commitments made at the SDG Summit, draw out solutions across SDG16+, and demonstrate how concrete action on peace, justice, equality, and inclusion drives progress across the SDGs, strengthens multilateralism, and consolidates democratic principles. Challenges and trade-offs will be identified, and examples of innovative action and specific interlinkages will be showcased. Examples include high-ambition campaigns (#SDG16Now Campaign) and coalitions (Justice Action Coalition), as well as initiatives focused on data and interlinkages (SDG16 Data Initiative; UNDP’s SDG Push Diagnostic).

In the midst of intersecting crises and halfway through the 2030 Agenda, advancing peace, justice, equality, and inclusion (SDG16+) as a matter of political and financial priority, is critical to mitigating the impact of global crises while delivering the policy solutions needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This multi-stakeholder event brings together high-level representatives from member states, UN agencies, civil society, and others. The event will open at 6:00 pm with an interactive panel discussion, followed by a reception at 7:30 pm.

Opening Remarks by the co-host

  • Mr. Marcel de Vink, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of the Netherlands


  • H.E. Mr. Bendito dos Santos Freitas, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
  • H.E. Ms. Yill Otero, Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs and International Cooperation, Panama
  • Ms. Ulrika Modéer, Assistant Secretary-General, Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy, UNDP
  • Ms. Rohey Malick Lowe, Mayor of Banjul, The Gambia
  • Mr. Abdul Tejan-Cole, Coordinator, African Center of Excellence for Access to Justice

Moderator: Dr. Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General, International IDEA

Discussants from the floor

  • Ms. Cecilia Zade Iseni, Youth Delegate to the UN for Democracy and Partnerships, Denmark

Closing remarks

  • Ms. Sarah Cliffe, Executive Director, Center on International Cooperation, New York University

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