With less than 10 years remaining for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, there is a risk that many of the goals and targets will not be met – among these SDG 16, which aims for more peaceful, just, and inclusive societies. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to having significant health and economic consequences worldwide, is also presenting itself as an unprecedented ‘crisis of governance.’
The pandemic and the responses to it have posed significant challenges to governance systems worldwide. Further assessment and analysis are needed in order to fully understand the current global and regional trends and their impact on achieving peace, justice and inclusion. It is also important to gain a greater understanding of the specific impact of the pandemic on achieving SDG 16 and the role SDG 16 can play in enabling a more equitable recovery from COVID-19. These analyses need to consider the diverse realities and priorities across the Global South to ensure the recovery processes are tailored to different contexts.
UNDP Oslo Governance Center and Southern Voice are launching a global initiative to take stock of emerging trends that facilitate or hinder the achievement of SDG 16 in the context of COVID-19. The initiative aims to amplify the voice of Southern actors in regional and global policy spaces on the thematic issues of peace, justice and inclusion, leading up to the review of SDG 16 at the 2021 High-level Political Forum.
UNDP and Southern Voice aim to support a series of dialogues from May – July 2021 on SDG 16 that can help to better inform policy makers by drawing on research and analysis from leading think tanks, academics and experts from the South.
SV and UNDP Regional Virtual Roundtables which will invite experts, researchers and academics from each region to reflect on and share their analysis on key issues, challenges and policy priorities affecting their region in achieving peaceful, just and inclusive societies, particularly in the context of the pandemic.
Global Online Discussion which will provide a platform for a wider discussion on specific thematic issues. People are invited to read and participate in the discussion in the SDG 16 Hub. Over the course of eight weeks, four discussions will take place on the forum and will build on each other to explore the multi-layered impact of COVID-19 on achieving different dimensions of peace, justice and inclusion. Specific themes will include:
- Peace and security (3-17 May 2021)
- Accountability, rule of law and human rights (18-31 May 2021)
- Civic engagement and civic space (1-14 June 2021)
- Transparent, inclusive, and responsive public service delivery (15-30 June 2021)
Global Poll to engage a wider audience and encourage them to reflect on how to tackle some of the most challenging issues of our time.
Global Roundtable will be held on the margins of the 2021 High-level Political Forum and key messages from these different processes will be featured at the event.
Join the SDG 16 Hub to participate in the discussions!