peace, justice, and strong institutions

Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions3 min read

Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions is the 16th priority on the Sustainable Development Goals list. And of course, it is one of the bedrocks of almost every other goal on the list.


The judiciary and police are the most affected by corruption. Corruption, bribery, theft and tax evasion cost some US $1.26 trillion for developing countries per year.
The rate of children leaving primary school in conflict-affected countries reached 50 percent in 2011, which accounts to 28.5 million children, showing the impact of unstable societies on one of the major goals of the post-2015 agenda: Education.

Without peace, stability, human rights and effective governance there can’t be development. The prosperity of any nation depends on strong institutions on strong foundations. Peace, security, and the rule of law are enjoyed but some countries while others are plagued by the complete opposite and tumbled by violence and conflict. This instability has seen people migrating to the nearest settlement to live.

Armed violence and insecurity have a destructive impact on development, economic growth, causing long-lasting negative impacts and hatred. Sexual violence, exploitation, torture, and other heinous crimes are committed during war and conflicts.

With the establishment and restructuring of institutions violence and other vices can be significantly reduced to the minimum and in turn cause such an environment to be favourable and welcoming to infrastructural development and economic growth, quality uninterrupted education, and sustainable societies.

One major aim of the sustainability of this goal is to reduce insecurity and the flow of illicit arms. The participation of developing countries has to be strengthened in the institutions of global governance.

peace, justice and strong institutions


Some goals of the United Nations under Goal 16 include:

  • Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere
  • End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children
  • Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all
  • By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat organized crime
  • Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms
  • Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
  • Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
  • By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration
  • 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 for sustainable development


  • Promulgating laws and making favourable policies is key to sustaining peace
  • Swift delivery of justice in and out of court without fear or favour
  • Setting up systems and institutions that allow for transparency and accountability
  • Testing and permitting only people of quality character to occupy sensitive offices
  • Building a generation of detribalized and unbias leaders
  • Quickly intervening resolving communal clashes as early as possible
  • Checkmating bribery and corruption in the Police and Judicial systems


Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions is a huge influence on Decent Work and Economic Growth. It also has a huge effect on Quality Education, Sustainable Cities and Communities, and even Partnership for the Goals.

Find detailed information and statistics on the UNDP site.

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