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

Arab Network for Civic Education

ANHRE 2009 Amman Jordan D

Arab Network for Democratic Elections

ANDE Beirut Lebanon G

Arab NGO Network for Development

ANND 1996 Beirut Lebanon F

Arab NGO Network for Environment and Development

1990 Cairo Egypt F

Arab Organization for Human Rights

AOHR 1983 Cairo Egypt D

Arab Parliament

Cairo Egypt E g

Arab Peace and Security Council

2006 Cairo Egypt K g

Arab Penal Reform Organization

APRO Bernex Switzerland J

Arab Programme for Human Rights Activists

APHRA 1997 Cairo Egypt G

Arab Reform Initiative

ARI 2006 Paris France F y

Arab Region Parliamentarians Against Corruption

ARPAC 2004 Baabda Lebanon K

Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development

ARDD Amman Jordan G

Arab Society for Intellectual Property

ASIP 1987 Amman Jordan D v

Arab Society for Public Awareness from Dangerous Drugs and Narcotics

ASPADD 1990 Amman Jordan N

Arab Telecommunication and Information Council of Ministers

E g

Arab Thought Forum

ATF 1981 Amman Jordan F

Arab Towns Development Fund

ATDF 1979 Kaifan Kuwait F f

Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences

AUASS 1998 Sharjah United Arab Emirates D y

Arab Union of International Arbitration

AUIA 1997 Cairo Egypt E y

Arab Urban Development Institute

AUDI 1979 Riyadh Saudi Arabia E j

Arab World Evangelical Ministers Association

AWEMA 1985 G

Arab Youth Movement

AYM Nazareth Israel K

Arabic Alliance for Freedom and Democracy

AAFD Cairo Egypt J

Arabic Network for Human Rights Information

ANHRI 2003 Cairo Egypt F

Arabo-African Summit

1977 S cg

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Frieden und Entwicklung

FriEnt 2001 Bonn Germany G y

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedenspädagogik

AGFP 1974 Munich Germany N

Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Friedens-und Konfliktforschung

AFK 1968 Hamburg Germany G

Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Wissenschaft und Politik

AWP 1971 Innsbruck Austria G

Arbeitskreis Historische Friedens- und Konfliktforschung

1984 Thurnau Germany G

ARC International

2003 Geneva Switzerland G

Arca Foundation

1952 Washington DC USA G f

Archbishop of Sydney's Anglican Aid

Sydney NSW Australia G f

Architects Regional Council Asia

ARCASIA 1979 Singapore Singapore F

Archivists without Borders International

AwB International 1998 F

Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme

AMAP 1991 Tromsø Norway E gy

Arctic Science Ministerial

2016 S cg

Ariadne - European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights

Ariadne 2009 London UK F

Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress

1987 San José Costa Rica G f

Ariel Foundation International

AFI Geneva Switzerland F f

ARIPO Protocol for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants

2015 T g

Arko Cooperation

1967 Morokulien Sweden G g

Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project

ACLED 2005 G j

Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association International

AFCEA International 1946 Fairfax VA USA G

Arms Trade Treaty

ATT 2013 T g

Arolsen Archives - International Center on Nazi Persecution

1943 Bad Arolsen Germany F g

Arrangement between Certain Member States of the European Space Research Organisation and the European Space Research Organisation Concerning the Execution of a Meteorological Satellite Programme

1972 T g

Arrangement Concerning Consultations Prior to the Installation in the Vicinity of the Frontiers of Permanent Stores of Explosive Substances for Civil Use

1950 T g

Arrangement Concerning the Extension to other Categories of Refugees of Certain Measures Taken in Favour of Russian and Armenian Refugees

1928 T g

Arrangement for the Application of the European Agreement of 17 October 1980 Concerning the Provision of Medical Care to Persons During Temporary Residence

1988 Strasbourg France T g