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 Roma Information Office

ERIO 2003 Brussels Belgium G

European Roma Rights Centre

ERRC 1996 Budapest Hungary E

European School Heads Association

ESHA 1988 Utrecht Netherlands D

European School on New Institutional Economics

ESNIE Nanterre France N

European Secretariat of Cultural NGOs in Germany

Berlin Germany G

European Securities and Markets Authority

ESMA 1997 Paris France E gy

European Security Advocacy Group

ESAG 2002 Amsterdam Netherlands G

European Seed Certification Agencies Association

ESCAA Paris France D

European Senior Organization

ESO 2001 Brussels Belgium D

European Services Strategy Unit

ESSU 1973 Tralee Ireland G

European Sex Workers' Rights Alliance

ESWA 2004 Amsterdam Netherlands D

European Small Business Alliance of Small and Medium Independent Enterprises

ESBA 1998 Brussels Belgium F y

European Social Survey

ESS 2001 London UK E g

European Social Work Research Association

ESWRA 2014 D v

European Society for Comparative Legal History

ESCLH 2009 D

European Society for Construction Law

ESCL 1981 The Hague Netherlands D

European Society for Patient Adherence, COMpliance and Persistence

ESPACOMP 2009 Visé Belgium D

European Society for Research in Ethics

Societas Ethica 1964 Nürburg Germany D

European Society for Translation Studies

EST 1992 D

European Society of International Law

ESIL 2001 Florence Italy D

European Southern Observatory

ESO 1962 Garching Germany D g

European Space Policy Institute

ESPI Vienna Austria E j

European Spiritan Centre for Cooperation and Development

CSECD-Kibanda 2001 Brussels Belgium E

European Stability Initiative

ESI 1999 Berlin Germany F

European Stability Mechanism Treaty

ESM Treaty 2011 T g

European State Forest Association

EUSTAFOR 2006 Brussels Belgium D g

European State Lotteries and Toto Association

1983 Brussels Belgium D

European State Studs Associations

ESSA 2008 Gomadingen Germany D

European Study Group

ESG 1990 Uxbridge UK N

European System of Central Banks

ESCB 1998 Frankfurt-Main Germany F g

European Technical Safety Organisations Network

ETSON 2006 Garching Germany F

European Telecommunications Satellite Organization

EUTELSAT IGO 1977 Paris France F g

European Testing Inspection Certification System

ETICS Brussels Belgium D

European Third Party Providers Association

ETPPA Hoegaarden Belgium J

European Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates

ETHRA 2019 Convoy Ireland F

European Training- and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy

ETC 1999 Graz Austria G

European Transpersonal Psychology Association


European Transport Workers' Federation

ETF 1958 Brussels Belgium E

European Treaty on Renewable Energy


European TRIZ Association

ETRIA 2001 Freiburg Germany D

European Umbrella Organization for Geographical Information

EUROGI 1993 Brussels Belgium E y

European Union

EU 1993 Brussels Belgium F g

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

FRA 2007 Vienna Austria D g

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training

CEPOL Budapest Hungary F g

European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice

eu-LISA 2011 Tallinn Estonia E g

European Union Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina

EUFOR 2004 Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina F g

European Union Foreign Affairs Spouses' Associations


European Union Forum of Judges for the Environment

EUFJE 2004 Brussels Belgium J

European Union Institute for Security Studies

EUISS 2002 Paris France E gj

European Union Intellectual Property Office

EUIPO 1994 Alicante Spain E g