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Goal 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

 Progress promoting peace and justice, together with effective, accountable and inclusive institutions, remains uneven across the world. While some regions enjoy sustained levels of peace, security and prosperity, others fall into seemingly endless cycles of conflict and violence. 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.

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.

Interaction with SDG 3

The implementation, monitoring and accounting for ambitious national SDG responses, including SDG3, will require empowering strong local institutions.