SDG 16 Pathfinders

Pathfinders for Peaceful Just and Inclusive Societies

The Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies are a group of member states, international organizations, global partnerships, and other partners committed to accelerating the delivery of the Agenda 2030 targets for peace, justice and inclusion (SDG16+).

It is convened by the governments of Brazil, Sierra Leone, and Switzerland, with New York University’s Center on International Cooperation.

The Pathfinders launched the Roadmap for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies at the UN General Assembly in September 2017. The roadmap provides a shared vision for how SDG16+ can be delivered and acts as a ‘docking station’ for those working on the implementation. 

The Pathfinders are now taking forward three objectives identified in the roadmap:

  • National implementation – using the roadmap to support national ambition, coherence, innovation and reporting so that a growing number of pathfinder countries make and fulfill commitments to implement SDG16+.
  • International implementation – strengthening strategies and momentum at international and regional levels, so that partners increase support for delivery of elements of the roadmap.
  • Grand challenges – using grand challenges on peace, justice and inclusion to build ambition and act as a focus for learning, leading to increased political will and strengthened strategies for justice, violence prevention and inclusion.

The Pathfinders have established a Task Force on Justice, chaired by ministers from Argentina, the Netherlands, and Sierra Leone, and by The Elders. The Task Force will estimate the scale of the justice gap, make the case for investment in justice, set an agenda for implementation of SDG16.3 based on what works, and provide a platform for action and commitments.

Together with the Global Alliance and 16+ Forum, the Pathfinders are mobilizing partners ahead of the High-level Political Forums in 2019 (in July at ministerial level and in September at head of state and government level).

The Pathfinders' joint priorities include maximizing the number of countries with strong reporting on SDG16+, launching a registry of voluntary national commitments, developing an advocacy and communications strategy that draws on the strengths of multiple partners, and working closely with partners from other sectors as they prepare for 2019.

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