SDG16+: a United Framework to Build Forward Better

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The pandemic has exposed striking vulnerabilities in all corners of the world, given the destabilizing impacts and grave risks it has brought. As the COVID-19 pandemic further unfolds and continues to test humanity’s resilience, we see it also impacting on progress made to deliver the aspirations of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Especially in this context, it has become abundantly clear that effective, accountable governance is a fundamental prerequisite for building forward better. SDG16’s focus on improving responsive and accountable governance and strengthening institutions at all levels is critical to implementing the 2030 Agenda as a whole. 

In this event, the Global SDG16+ Coalition will call on the global community to make SDG16+ the foundation for reset and recovery efforts, and for building more resilient societies and institutions going forward. Given the centrality of action on SDG16+ for sustainable and resilient recovery from the pandemic, the session aims to galvanize political will and forward-looking, multi-stakeholder commitments to accelerate SDG16+ implementation and highlight the importance of SDG16+, its interlinkages to all SDGs, and its role as an enabler of the entire 2030 Agenda. Local examples for safeguarding peace, justice and inclusion will be showcased.

A brief summary of the event is attached below.