Institutions are essential to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The strengthening of national institutions to deliver the SDGs is seen as a priority in many Member States, as shown by their voluntary presentations at the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development during the first three years of SDG follow-up and review.

The 2030 Agenda and the SDGs prominently feature institutions, both as a cross-cutting issue in many of the goals and as a standalone goal (SDG 16), “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”. The principles highlighted in SDG 16 in relation to institutions – effectiveness, transparency, accountability, anti-corruption, inclusiveness of decision-making processes, access to information, non-discrimination – apply to all the Goals.

The very first review of SDG 16 at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July 2019 is a momentous occasion. It will provide all Member States of the United Nations a platform to reflect on the adequacy and effectiveness of existing societal and institutional arrangements for supporting the implementation of the Goals.

The World Public Sector Report 2019 aims to inform this reflection. It surveys trends in relation to the institutional principles of SDG 16, both at the systemic level and in relation to Goal 5 on gender equality, and presents what is known about the effectiveness of initiatives in these areas in different national contexts. The report also looks at two critical tools that can support effective public institutions and public administration, namely national budget processes and risk management.

Along with reports that have examined other facets of SDG 16, this initial stocktaking provides a base on which future efforts to monitor progress on SDG 16 can build. By reviewing key challenges and opportunities for public institutions in the context of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the national level, the report also aims to inform efforts by all countries to create effective institutions to deliver the SDGs.

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