SDG 16 is being reviewed for a second time during the High-Level Political Forum in 2021 under the theme of sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is imperative now, more than ever, to focus on what the global community has learned in responding to the pandemic and to explore what can be done further to accelerate SDG 16+ and reach those that are still being left behind.

In this context, the Global Alliance developed an Epilogue to its 2019 seminal report Enabling the implementation of the 2030 Agenda through SDG16+: Anchoring peace, justice and inclusion. The 2021 Epilogue provides an opportunity to revisit existing findings, and puts forward practical case studies and recommendations with focus on COVID-19 and pandemic response efforts.