GOAL 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
SDG Progress and Draft Notes
The 2017 Report of the Secretary-General (2017) notes that “[v]iolent conflicts have increased in recent years, while homicides have declined slowly and more citizens around the world have better access to justice. A few high-intensity armed conflicts are causing large numbers of civilian casualties. Progress promoting peace and justice, together with effective, accountable and inclusive institutions, remains uneven across and within regions. “
Goal 16 will be reviewed during the 2019 HLPF.
“The private sector has a catalytic role to play in SDG 16 at local and global levels. By being responsible partners throughout the chain of production, businesses can help the countries where they operate to meet the SDG 16 targets related to anti-corruption, labour rights, inclusive decision-making and community engagement.” Sustainable Develpment Goals Fund, Business and SDG 16 Contributing to Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies
There are several opportunities for the Apparel and Textile Industry to view SDG 16 as an opportunity to address risk factors in certain sourcing regions of the world. Industry notes for this SDG are in development.