Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions

Goal 16 is about promoting peaceful and inclusive societies, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. People everywhere should be free of fear from all forms of violence and feel safe as they go about their lives whatever their ethnicity, faith or sexual orientation.

However, ongoing and new violent conflicts around the world are derailing the global path to peace and achievement of Goal 16. Alarmingly, the year 2022 witnessed a more than 50 per cent increase in conflict-related civilian deaths – the first since the adoption of Agenda 2030 – largely due to the war in Ukraine.

High levels of armed violence and insecurity have a destructive impact on a country’s development, while sexual violence, crime, exploitation and torture are prevalent where there is conflict or no rule of law, and countries must take measures to protect those who are most at risk.

Governments, civil society and communities need to work together 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, combating corruption, and ensuring inclusive participation at all times.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

"Choose" - The Women's Cause

1971 Paris France N

"Hope for Children" CRC Policy Center

HFC Nicosia Cyprus E


2022 Offenbach Germany F y

1% for the Planet

2002 Burlington VT USA G

100 Million

2016 Lienden Netherlands F f

1996 Protocol to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and other Matter

LC Prot 1996 1996 London UK T g

3Strands Global Foundation

3SGF 2010 El Dorado Hills CA USA G f

4iP Council EU

2013 Brussels Belgium J j

50 Years Is Enough - US Network for Global Economic Justice

1994 Washington DC USA G

5Rights Foundation

5Rights London UK F f

A Common Word Among the Youth

ACWAY Birmingham UK J

A Soul for Europe

ASF Brussels Belgium E

AAALAC International

1965 Frederick MD USA G y

ABA-UNDP International Legal Resource Centre

ILRC 1999 Washington DC USA G

Academia de Centroamérica, San José

1969 San José Costa Rica G

Academia Iberoamericana de Derecho del Trabajo y de la Seguridad Social

AIADTSS 1972 E v

Academic Associates Peace Works

AAPW 1988 Abuja Nigeria G

Academic Council on the United Nations System

ACUNS 1987 Washington DC USA E y

Academic Network Public and Political Leadership

PUPOL 2012 F

Académie diplomatique internationale

ADI 1926 F g

Académie internationale de droit comparé

AIDC 1924 Paris France C v

Académie internationale des droits de l'homme

AIDH 1982 Puteaux France N

Academy for Peace Research

1982 G

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

ACJS 1963 Greenbelt MD USA G

Academy of Eating Disorders

AED 1993 Reston VA USA E

Academy of European Law

1992 Trier Germany E

Academy of European Law, Florence

1990 Florence Italy K

Academy of European Private Lawyers

1992 Milan Italy D v

Academy of European Public Law

1994 Athens Greece E

Academy of Peace

1972 Sion Switzerland G v

Academy of Political Science

APS 1880 New York NY USA N


San José Costa Rica G f

ACCESS Facility

ACCESS 2012 Rotterdam Netherlands F

Access International

1998 Collonge-Belle-Rive Switzerland N

Access Now

2009 New York NY USA C

Accord BDLN

1986 T g

Accord Concernant la Protection de la Meuse

1994 T g

Accord de Senningen

1996 Brussels Belgium T g

Accord Européen Concernant la Sécurité Sociale des Bateliers de la Navigation Intérieure

1993 T g

Accord International sur la Meuse

2002 T g

Accord Network

1978 Washington DC USA G y


Monte Carlo Monaco E g

Accord Relatif à L'importation de la Viande Bovine en Provenance du Groupe des Etats D'Afrique, Caraïbes et Pacifique

1979 T g

Accord sur les Transports Routiers entre le Benelux et les Etats Baltes

1992 Brussels Belgium T g

Accountable Now

2008 Berlin Germany F y

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

ACBSP Overland Park KS USA G

Accreditation Council for Oncology in Europe

ACOE 1989 Brussels Belgium E y

Accredited European Schools Network


ACE Electoral Knowledge Network

1998 E y

Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia

EANET 2001 Pathum Thani Thailand D g