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

European Forum for Freedom in Education

EFFE 1990 Darmstadt Germany F

European Forum for Human Rights and Family

EFFA 1998 Brussels Belgium F

European Forum for International Mediation and Dialogue

mediatEUr 2008 Brussels Belgium G

European Forum for Restorative Justice

EFRJ 2000 Leuven Belgium F

European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation

Eu-SPRI 2010 Manchester UK F

European Forum of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Christian Groups

Forum LGBT 1982 Amsterdam Netherlands F

European Foundation for Democracy

EDF 2005 Brussels Belgium F f

European Foundation for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children

Child Focus 1997 Brussels Belgium G f

European Foundation for South Asian Studies

EFSAS Amsterdam Netherlands F f

European Foundation for the Accreditation of Hotel School Programmes

EFAP 1991 Geneva Switzerland F f

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions

Eurofound 1975 Dublin Ireland F fg

European Franchise Lawyers Association

EF LAW 1992 Tübingen Germany D

European Free Alliance

EFA 1981 Brussels Belgium F

European Geopolitical Forum

EGF 2010 J

European Governmental LGBTI Focal Points Network

EFPN 2004 Strasbourg France F g

European Group for Organizational Studies

EGOS 1973 Berlin Germany D v

European Group for Private International Law

1991 Luxembourg Luxembourg F v

European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control

European Group E v

European Group of Organisations for Fire Testing, Inspection and Certification

EGOLF 1988 Planzolles France F

European Group of Public Law

EGPL 1991 Athens Greece E v

European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies

EGE 1992 Brussels Belgium F

European Group on Tort Law

EGTL Vienna Austria F v

European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation - Twinned Cities and Areas in the Mediterranean

EGTC - AMPHICTYONY 1986 Athens Greece E

European Health Parliament

EHP 2014 Brussels Belgium F

European Heritage Heads Forum

EHHF 2006 Brussels Belgium F

European Heritage Legal Forum

EHLF 2008 Oslo Norway F

European Hobbes Society

EHS 2011 E

European Horizons

2015 New Haven CT USA G

European Humanist Federation

EHF 1991 Brussels Belgium D

European Ideas Network

EIN 2002 Brussels Belgium E

European Information and Research Network on Parliamentary History

EuParl 2007 Prague Czechia F

European Information Network on Cultural Heritage Policies

HEREIN Project Brussels Belgium F

European Institute for Business Mediation

Vienna Austria N j

European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research

ERICarts 1993 Cologne Germany E j

European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control affiliated with the United Nations

HEUNI 1981 Helsinki Finland E gj

European Institute for Export Compliance

EIFEC Brussels Belgium E

European Institute for Gender Equality

EIGE 2006 Vilnius Lithuania E gj

European Institute for International Economic Relations

1995 Wuppertal Germany G j

European Institute for Local Development

EILD 2009 D

European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies

EIPCP Vienna Austria G j

European Institute for Public Affairs and Lobbying

EIPAL 1994 Brussels Belgium N j

European Institute for the Best Interests of the Child

1992 Edegem Belgium G j

European Institute for the Furthering of Democracy

1999 Vienna Austria N j

European Institute Foundation, Sofia

1999 Sofia Bulgaria G f

European Institute of Advanced Project and Contract Management

EPCI 1994 Stavanger Norway N j

European Institute of Diplomacy and International Relations

Vasco da Gama Brussels Belgium J

European Institute of Education and Social Policy

EIESP 1975 Paris France E j

European Institute of Law, Science, and Technology

EILST Athens Greece G j

European Institute of Maritime and Transport Law

EIMTL 1993 Antwerp Belgium N j

European Institute of Peace

EIP 2014 Brussels Belgium E j