SDG16+ Week in Sierra Leone
The government of Sierra Leone, in partnership with the 16+ Forum, Global Alliance on Reporting on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, and Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, will host a series of international events this week that bring together representatives from more than 40 countries to accelerate the delivery of peaceful, just and inclusive societies—a core component of Sustainable Development Goal 16 and its related goals (SDG16+)—in the lead up to the United Nations High-level Political Forum in 2019 (HLPF).
From October 7-10, the 16+ Forum will launch its second Annual Showcase. This gathering will bring together governments, civil society, the UN, academia and the private sector to share lessons learned and innovative solutions to implement SDG16+. The showcase will include a high-level panel of justice ministers and chief justices', focusing on their national experiences and to discuss how they are working for justice, what the justice gap looks like in their country, how to finance implementation at scale, and what works. They will be invited to reflect upon people’s legal needs and what they can do in their role as justice leaders to meet these needs.
Following the showcase, the international Task Force on Justice, an initiative of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, will convene from October 10-12. The Task Force - co-chaired by H.E. Priscilla Schwartz, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of Sierra Leone; H.E. Germán Carlos Garavano, Minister of Justice and Human Rights of Argentina; Ms. Hina Jilani of The Elders, and H.E. Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands - is working to accelerate the provision of justice for the four billion people around the world who live outside the protection of the law. The Task Force, launched in February 2018 and meeting for the second time in Sierra Leone, will publish a flagship report in 2019 to highlight key insights and emerging findings about the policies, strategies, tools, and approaches that can be used to deliver SDG16.3 and related targets for justice for all.
As part of the meeting, a high-level panel discussion will be held on October 10, co-hosted with Task Force on Justice and the 16+ Forum, focusing on national experiences from different regions of the world. This will be followed by justice leaders' dialogues with sessions attended by ministers and chief justices, key justice leaders, and justice partners, to discuss how they are working for justice, what the justice gap looks like in their country, how to finance implementation at scale, and what works. They will be invited to reflect upon people’s legal needs and what they can do in their role as justice leaders to meet these needs. The main Task Force on Justice meeting will then take place from October 11-12 and will review emerging findings from working groups and agree an outline for the final report and an engagement strategy to launch it.
Sierra Leone will also host the first SDG16+ technical consultation focused on justice, co-hosted by the government of Sierra Leone and the United Nations Development Programme, in partnership with the Global Alliance on Reporting on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies. The technical consultation brings together thought leaders at the community, local, national, and regional levels to share experiences, key messages, and recommendations. The findings from this meeting will feed into the UN DESA led Expert Group Meeting on SDG16 in 2019, and feature in a narrative report on SDG16+ to be launched at the 2019 HLPF.
The events seek to build momentum around SDG16+, anchor justice in the sustainable development agenda, and strengthen national, regional and international processes, collaboration and partnerships.