SDGs Goal-16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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


16.1 Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere

16.2 End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children

16.3 Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all

16.4 By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime

16.5 Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms

16.6 Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels

16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels

16.8 Broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance

16.9 By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration

16.10Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements

16.a 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

16.b Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development


Goal 16 Targets in (Hindi)

Meta Table Goal 16 Targets (English/Hindi)

Posters on Goal 16 (Click Here)

Report of Regional Civil Society Consultation on Goal 16 (Click Here)

Other Related Documents for Goal 16

  1. We The Vehicle Nyika and Access To Justice (Click Here)
  2. Overview of Targets and Corelation with Nalsa Scheme (Click Here)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)/Agenda 2030

About SDGs/Agenda 2030

The United Nations General Assembly adopted in 2015 a set of seventeen Sustainable Development Goals with specific targets which are to be achieved by 2030. Acknowledging that the earlier Millennium Development Agenda had a top down, reductionist and fragmented approach that did not adequately address the deep rooted structural obstacles to equitable and sustainable development and consequently lacked in holistic and integrated planning for doing so, the stress in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Agenda has been laid on partnership. The new Agenda is guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, including full respect for international law. It is grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international human rights treaties, the Millennium Declaration and the 2005 World Summit Outcome. It is informed by other instruments such as the Declaration on the Right to Development.

Member states are signatories to the important principle ‘Leave No One Behind’ in Agenda 2030. Translating this principle necessitates recognising communities that are socially excluded the most marginalised and vulnerable that is at risk to not be covered or slip through the gaps. The SDG 2030 recognises various vectors of social exclusion and vulnerability – age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status. In many places women, girls, indigenous, vulnerable, those in vulnerable situations are distinctly recognized. The Agenda also recommends identify the vulnerable contextually across social, economic and political domains. It is unfortunate that caste based discrimination is not recognised as a basis of social exclusion and vulnerability by the SDG, even as the draft ‘United Nations Principles and Guidelines for the Effective Elimination of Discrimination based on Work and Descent’ has already been accepted as the UN terminology to address caste based discrimination. Despite this gap, the 2030 agenda provides space for incorporating and addressing the concerns of caste based discrimination along with other forms of social exclusion in India. The SDGs categorically claim the document to include ALL people EVERYWHERE across ALL AGES. In various follow up documents the need to disaggregate data contextually to fulfil the fundamental commitment to leave no one behind is reiterated. ‘A core element of the global indicator framework is the disaggregation of data and the coverage of particular groups of the population in order to fulfil the main principle of the 2030 Agenda of leaving no one behind’ (IAEG-SDGs). Continuous work is necessary within the country to ensure that the socially excluded communities and their vulnerabilities are recognised and addressed under the different goals and targets through relevant indicators.

Thus, in the Indian context it is necessary to review the systems that are in place for ensuring such participation from all stakeholders and all people from the grassroots up to the highest levels of Government. Since the Government is the biggest entity with the most resources to ensure achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and targets that have been set, the legal and policy framework already in place in the country has to be critically reviewed to see how capable it is of achieving the SDGs and identify the gaps for rectification. The UN resolution also mentions that the business sector, Non-State Actors and individuals too must play a significant role in ensuring the achievement of the SDGs. Therefore the existing efforts by these other sectors and individuals have also to be reviewed for proper planning.

Adopting SDG in Indian context [Read Full Document]

SDGs Goal-16 (Click Here)

People’s Manifesto

Wada Na Todo Abhiyan initiated a nationwide process to make People’s Manifesto with consultation from the people at grass root to reflect their aspirations and demands at national level.

Wider Civil Society organizations formed a ‘National Platform on People’s Manifesto’ and came up with a People’s Manifesto through wider consultations with general public at large by holding direct meetings, signature campaigns, and social media interactions. The manifesto reflects the demands and aspirations of the marginalized and the poor sections living across the country.


Through direct and indirect involvement, the manifesto by the CSOs took inputs from about 16 lakh people in 250 parliamentary constituencies in 24 states. (See details in annexure- 1) In the process, several civil society organisations, people’s networks, women’s organisations, trade unions, student groups, dalit and tribal groups, youth groups, organizations working on children and many other networks representing various marginalized sections contributed to this massive mobilization and participatory discussion. The partners of wider network are: Alliance for Right to Early Childhood Development, Campaign against declining child sex ratio, Child Rights Coalition, CASA, CRY, Indian Social Institute, National Adivasi Solidarity Council, NCDHR, Nine is Mine, OXFAM India, PACS, RTE Forum, Save the Children, Youth- unManifesto, Wada Na Todo Abhiyan, World Vision.

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Nine Is Mine

Nine Is Mine is a participatory children’s campaign to demand their right to basic health and quality education. This initiative of Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (WNTA), a national campaign to hold the government accountable to its promise to end poverty, social exclusion and discrimination, is being led by children, schools, communities and organizations across all states and Union Territories of India. The purpose of NINE IS MINE is to place children from across the country at the center of the promotional effort – speaking in one voice to demand for 9% of the Gross domestic product (GDP) to be committed to health and education.