A variety of stakeholders working with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) consider SDG 16 to be one of the most difficult to monitor. Even today there is still no clear understanding of how we can track progress on this SDG. Non-profit organizations and civil activists play an important role in monitoring the implementation of the SDGs. This is especially true in countries such as Russia and Belarus, where the state is often not interested in appropriate monitoring, since its activities in itself can lead to regression on the SDG 16’s targets.
In 2020, the Coalition for Sustainable Development of Russia (CSDR) released the first Civil Society Report on the implementation of the SDGs in Russia. The expert group that worked on the SDG 16 chapters ran into an ambiguous understanding of how to track progress on this SDG. That is why the members of the CSDR represented by the NGOs “Civil Watch” and Dekabristen e.V. decided to issue a toolkit to track progress on qualitative data for SDG 16. This toolkit should help the non-profit sector in understanding the main gaps in achieving SDG 16 in their countries, as well as determine what requirements should be put forward to the state in the first place in order to progress on SDG 16 reached by the end of 2030.
On January 26 at 16:00 Moscow time (14:00 CET, 8:00 NY time), an online presentation of the toolkit “Qualitative Assessment of Progress on SDG 16 “Peace, justice and strong institutions” will be held. At this event, experts will present their work and answer questions from the participants.
The languages of the event are Russian and English