SDG16+ in Peril: A call-to-action for safeguarding commitments to Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

Ellery Wong
Ellery Wong


Wednesday 6 April 2022

Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM EST / 14:00 – 15:30 GMT / 15:30 – 16:30 CET

Hosted by Namati, the TAP Network, the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS), CIVICUS and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) 

This online interactive workshop, hosted by the Namati, the TAP Network, CSPPS, CIVICUS and GPPAC, will explore various emerging issues around SDG16+, to identify areas where amplified actions are needed to safeguard commitments for implementation and accountability of SDG16+ in 2022 from governments, the international community and civil society alike.


Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in 2015, progress towards SDG16+ has been slow and uneven – and in many cases backsliding. On top of this, global trends and forces continue to work against peaceful, just and inclusive societies, with political will from governments fading, closing civic space, and exclusion on the rise. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unique pressures on the world’s governing institutions, presenting once-in-a-generation challenges for all, while exacerbating existing global, existential challenges. Additionally, urgent and ongoing threats to peace and security and international law have emerged in recent weeks, as exemplified by events in Ukraine and recent coups in West-Africa, threatening to undermine any progress made towards the 2030 Agenda overall, and pushing governments into investing more in militarization, and less on delivering results to improve peoples’ lives. And with authoritarianism on the rise, the 2030 Agenda commitments on inclusive, responsive and participatory decision making, along-with respect for access to information and fundamental freedoms have also assumed greater significance.

Why is this relevant now?

The workshop will serve as a key moment of consultation for inputs and priorities for updating the Rome Civil Society Declaration on SDG16+ to counter pressing challenges in 2022 and beyond, particularly in light of current events such as the disastrous conflict in Ukraine and its impact on the lives of millions, and the profound geopolitical shifts it has created on international law and multilateralism overall. Additionally, as Member States continue discussions around the “Our Common Agenda” report with eyes on the 2023 SDGs Summit and planned “Summit for the Future”, the international community has a critical opportunity to re-shift its priorities and political will to double efforts to implement SDG16+, to bring progress back on track - particularly as vital resources that could be used to improve the quality of people's lives are now being diverted towards military infrastructures and the production and proliferation of weapons of war.







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