16. Peace & Justice
Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
Why It Matters
Promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.
Facts & Figures
- Among the institutions most affected by corruption are the judiciary and police
- Corruption, bribery, theft and tax evasion cost some US $1.26 trillion for developing countries per year; this amount of money could be used to lift those who are living on less than $1.25 a day above $1.25 for at least six years
- The rate of children leaving primary school in conflict affected countries reached 50 per cent in 2011, which accounts to 28.5 million children, showing the impact of unstable societies on one of the major goals of the post 2015 agenda: education.
- The rule of law and development have a significant interrelation and are mutually reinforcing, making it essential for sustainable development at the national and international level
• End violence in the world and deaths related to it.
• End the abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and all forms of violence and torture against children.
• Ensure that everyone has equal access to justice in their country or internationally.
• Combat crime and corruption in any form.
• Improve State-level institutions that inspire confidence in their citizens.
• Ensure citizens are consulted and their governments make decisions with the interest of children and adults in mind. For example, children and young people must be consulted before a legal law that affects their lives is signed.
• Ensure all children are given an identity including birth registration.
• Ensure all people have free access to information.
• Strengthen institutions to prevent violence, terrorism and crime.
- Take advantage of your right to elect the leaders in our country and local community.
- Speak up and loudly to denounce corrupt practices
- Know your rights. In order to access justice knowing what you are entitled to will go a long way.
- Make your community aware of their rights. Together you can demand peaceful and just conditions.
- Request that your local government facilitate access to justice for all - whether they live in big cities or small communities.
- Take a genuine interest in what your government is doing. Raise awareness in your community about the realities of violence and the importance of peaceful and just societies.
- Exercise your right to hold your elected officials to account. Exercise your right to freedom of information and share your opinion with your elected representatives.
- Be the change – promote inclusion and respect towards people of different backgrounds, ethnic origins, religions, gender, sexual orientations or different opinions. Together, we can help to improve conditions for a life of dignity for all.