Without peace, stability, human rights and effective governance, based on the rule of law - we cannot hope for sustainable development. We are living in a world that is increasingly divided. Some regions enjoy sustained levels of peace, security and prosperity, while others fall into seemingly endless cycles of conflict and violence. This is by no means inevitable and must be addressed.
High levels of armed violence and insecurity have a destructive impact on a country's development, affecting economic growth and often resulting in long standing grievances that can last for generations. Sexual violence, crime, exploitation and torture are also prevalent where there is conflict or no rule of law, and countries must take measures to protect those who are most at risk.
The SDGs aim to significantly reduce all forms of violence, and work with governments and communities to find lasting solutions to conflict and insecurity. Strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights is key to this process, as is reducing the flow of illicit arms and strengthening the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance.
Everyone can help to make sure that we meet the Global Goals. Use these twelve targets to create action to promote peace, justice and strong Institutions.
REDUCE VIOLENCE EVERYWHERE
Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere.
PROTECT CHILDREN FROM ABUSE, EXPLOITATION, TRAFFICKING AND VIOLENCE
End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.
PROMOTE THE RULE OF LAW AND ENSURE EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE
Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all.
COMBAT ORGANIZED CRIME AND ILLICIT FINANCIAL AND ARMS FLOWS
By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime.
SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCE CORRUPTION AND BRIBERY
Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms.
DEVELOP EFFECTIVE, ACCOUNTABLE AND TRANSPARENT INSTITUTIONS
Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels.
ENSURE RESPONSIVE, INCLUSIVE AND REPRESENTATIVE DECISION-MAKING
Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels.
STRENGTHEN THE PARTICIPATION IN GLOBAL GOVERNANCE
Broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance.
PROVIDE UNIVERSAL LEGAL IDENTITY
By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration.
ENSURE PUBLIC ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND PROTECT FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS
Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements.
STRENGTHEN NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS TO PREVENT VIOLENCE AND COMBAT TERRORISM AND CRIME
Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime.
PROMOTE AND ENFORCE NON-DISCRIMINATORY LAWS AND POLICIES
Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development.