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Joint Statement by a group of Member States in support of SDG16+

This joint statement's objective is to bring together the collective voice of member states to underline the importance of SDG16+ to the 2030 Agenda and to demonstrate growing national commitment to the implementation of these targets. The statement provides an overview of the SDG16+ targets, calls for accelerated action to implement these targets, and explores the potential for acceleration in increasing peace, justice, and inclusion, and strengthening
partnerships for implementation. The statement has been prepared under the leadership of the Permanent Mission of Argentina with inputs from PRs
at breakfast meetings hosted by Argentina, Switzerland, Norway, and the Republic of Korea.

In terms of implementation methodologies, the delivery of the SDG16+ targets requires the mobilization of additional finance from multiple sources. We will continue to work to understand the costs and benefits of effective implementation, and to develop effective and sustainable
financing strategies. We will also enhance the exchange of good practices and data among countries. Quality data must be produced and shared
among all stakeholders if we are to demonstrate measurable progress against the SDG16+ targets. Training and capacity-building are essential to enhance and strengthen the institutional capabilities of governments to deliver on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Finally, we need a strengthened partnership for peaceful, just and inclusive societies. We renew our commitment to work together with the UN system, other international and regional
organizations, civil society, the private sector, philanthropists, parliamentarians, and local authorities.

As we enter a new decade, the Pathfinders will continue to provide a platform for ambitious action and follow-up. The Global Alliance will work with countries to report progress, and the 16+ Forum will bring together partners from all sectors to showcase success, including in Timor-Leste in November 2019. Together, we will use the High-level Political Forums and SDG Summit to accelerate implementation of the SDG16+ targets. We will redouble our efforts to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels while ensuring that no one is left behind.

Expected impact

The expected impact of this action is to increase access to justice, support the reduction of all forms of violence and build inclusive institutions. The call for peace, justice, and inclusion is fully integrated into the 2030 Agenda. SDG16+ includes 12 targets from SDG16 and 24 targets from seven other goals that directly measure an aspect of peace, justice, and inclusion. The SDG16+ targets are an enabler that will allow us to reach other goals and address interlinkages, laying the foundation for sustainable development. .

This action will accelerate SDG implementation by specifically working to increase the number of acceleration actions related to SDG 16+. We will continue to work to increase commitments ahead of the summit for the 75th anniversary of the United Nations in 2020.



Goal 16
Other, please specify
Combination of Member State financing, in-kind contributions and technical expertise
Basic information
Start: 23 September, 2019
Completion: 31 December, 2029
The Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies (Partnership)
Australia, Afghanistan, Argentina, Belgum, Brazil, Canada, Central African Republic, Colombia, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Estonia, France, Germany, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Indonesia, Ireland, Jordan, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, United Kingdom, Uruguay
Initiative focused on COVID-19 pandemic response, prevention and recovery efforts
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Geographical coverage
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficiaries
Contact information
David Steven, Senior Fellow and Associate Director, pathfinders@sdg16.plus,
New York, United States
United Nations