SDG 16
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Without peace, stability, human rights and effective governance, based on the rule of law - we cannot hope for sustainable development. We are living in a world that is increasingly divided. Some regions enjoy sustained levels of peace, security and prosperity, while others fall into seemingly endless cycles of conflict and violence. This is by no means inevitable and must be addressed.

High levels of armed violence and insecurity have a destructive impact on a country’s development, affecting economic growth and often resulting in long standing grievances that can last for generations. Sexual violence, crime, exploitation and torture are also prevalent where there is conflict or no rule of law, and countries must take measures to protect those who are most at risk.

The SDGs aim to significantly reduce all forms of violence, and work with governments and communities to find lasting solutions to conflict and insecurity. Strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights is key to this process, as is reducing the flow of illicit arms and strengthening the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance. 

Goals in action

Gender and money determine perceptions of justice and security in Ukraine

UNDP and UN Women are working jointly to strengthen understanding, awareness and responses to gender issues, especially gender based violence in Ukraine. The Restoration of Governance and Reconciliation in Conflict Affected Communities Project integrates community security and gender issues in our work with decentralised authorities in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. MORE >

Hope springs in the midst of winter

UNDP is working with local authorities, Japan and others to rebuild infrastructure, rehabilitate social services, train people affected by the conflict to find jobs, and bring IDPs and host communities closer together. MORE >

Young activists teach peers how to defend themselves against domestic violence and bullying

The young activists underwent UNDP-supported special psychological and security training. Their message: If you see violence at school – tell a teacher, if you see violence in the street – look for an adult or call the police, and if you are being abused at home – don't be afraid to report it to the police. MORE >

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