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 Union Institute for Security Studies

EUISS 2002 Paris France E gj

European Union Intellectual Property Office

EUIPO 1994 Alicante Spain E g

European Union National Institutes for Culture

EUNIC 2006 Brussels Belgium E y

European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law

IMPEL 1993 Brussels Belgium F

European Union of Judges in Commercial Matters

EUJC 1989 Strasbourg France D

European Union of Paratroopers

Maisons-Alfort France D

European Union of Public Relations

EUPR 1976 Bolzano Italy D v

European Union of Rechtspfleger

1967 D

European Union-Latin American and Caribbean Summit

EU-LAC Summit S cg

European Unitarian-Universalists

EUU 1982 F

European University for Well-Being

EUniWell 2020 Cologne Germany E

European Wergeland Centre

EWC Oslo Norway E g

European Women Alliance

EWA Brussels Belgium G

European Women Lawyers' Association

EWLA 2000 Mortsel Belgium D

European Women's Lobby

EWL 1990 Brussels Belgium F y

European Workshop on Lipid Mediators

EWLM 2006 S c

European Writers' Council

EWC-FAAE 1977 Brussels Belgium F

European Young Bar Association

EYBA 1993 D

European Young Women's Christian Association

The European YWCA 1979 Stockholm Sweden E

European Youth Centres

EYCs 1972 Strasbourg France E gy

European Youth Forum

Brussels Belgium D y

European Youth Foundation

EYF 1972 Strasbourg France F fg

European Youth Human Rights Network

EYHR-Net 2003 Riga Latvia G

European Youth Network for Nuclear Disarmament

BANg 2005 Renningen Germany F

European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights

YouAct 2004 London UK F v

European Youth Parliament

EYP 1987 Berlin Germany F

European-American Consortium for Legal Education

EACLE 2000 Baltimore MD USA F

Europeans for Fair Roaming

2010 F

Europeans throughout the World

ETTW 1982 Brussels Belgium F


2008 Paris France D

Europese Organisatie ter Bescherming van de Rechtspositie van Gedetineerden

EORG 1992 Arnhem Netherlands G


1972 Croydon UK D v

EUROSOLAR - European Association for Renewable Energy

1988 Bonn Germany D


1991 St Ursanne Switzerland F

Evaluation and Accreditation of Quality in Language Services

Eaquals 1991 Budapest Hungary D

Evatt Foundation

1979 Sydney NSW Australia G f

Eventing Organisers Association

1996 Enschede Netherlands F

Every Nation

1994 Brentwood TN USA N

Every Woman Treaty

2015 Seattle WA USA F

Evidence Action

2013 Washington DC USA G

Evidence Aid

2004 Weymouth UK F

Evidence Photographers International Council

EPIC 1968 Atlanta GA USA N

Exchange of Letters Constituting an Agreement Concerning German-French-Luxembourg Cooperation

1980 T g

Exchange of Letters Constituting an Agreement Concerning the Movement of Refugees

1964 T g

Exchange of Letters Constituting an Agreement Concerning the Right of Return of Refugee Workers

1964 T g

Exchange of Letters Constituting an Agreement Concerning the Use of Seamen's Books as Travel Documents

1964 T g

Exchange of Letters Constituting an Agreement Concerning the Use of the Seaman's Book as a Travel Document

1964 T g

Exchange of Notes Constituting an Agreement Amending the Wheat Agreement of 22 April 1942

1946 T g

Exchange of Notes Constituting an Agreement Concerning the Exchange of Cut Flowers on a Commercial Basis

1955 T g

Exchange of Notes Constituting an Agreement Concerning the Liberalization of Trade in Fishing Products

1954 T g