Two billion people – one quarter of humanity – live in conflict-affected areas. Last year, 84 million were forcibly displaced because of conflict, violence and human rights violations and it is estimated that a record 274 million people in 2022 will need humanitarian assistance.
Conflicts have a devastating impact on socio-economic development worldwide. The war in Ukraine has caused skyrocketing food, fuel and fertilizer prices that spell disaster for developing countries and has also led to the senseless loss of life, massive destruction and unacceptable violations of human rights.
Why Goal 16 matters?
Goal 16 calls for governments, civil society and communities to work together to address the root causes and drivers of conflict. Implementing lasting solutions to ensure the rule of law, combat corruption, end violence, including against women and children, and foster inclusive participation is pivotal to achieving sustainable development.
Everyone should be able to enjoy their lives in safety without the fear of all forms of violence, regardless of their ethnicity, faith or sexual orientation.
Strong, effective and accountable institutions, including a free and democratic press, can help to promote non-discriminatory laws and policies, combat corruption, bribery and organized crime, and prevent violence and terrorism, bringing peace and justice to society at large.
In May’s Goal of the Month editorial, we focus on Goal 16: promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies.
- The War in Ukraine
- World Press Freedom Day | 3-4 May 2022
- Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War | 8-9 May
- International Day of UN Peacekeepers| 29 May
- Global Crisis Response Group on Food, Energy and Finance
- Interview: Reject genocide deniers and war criminals
- Interview: Despite security and political crises, UN expert remains optimistic about Mali
- Feature: African-born advocate and refugee, reflects on being a Black woman in the US