WFUNA and Goal 16
The inclusion of Goal 16 in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development represents a fundamental shift in the global development landscape through the recognition that there can be no sustainable development without peace, and no peace without sustainable development.
Addressing critical issues such as rule of law and access to justice, effective and inclusive governance, access to information and fundamental freedoms, Goal 16 has the potential to become one of the most transformative outcomes of the new agenda.
In the most recent strategic plan (2016 - 2019), WFUNA identified Goal 16 as a core institutional focus.
WFUNA launched the 16+ Forum in April 2016 to engage Member States, civil society organizations, UN agencies and other stakeholders on issues related to the 'peaceful, just and inclusive societies’ theme of the 2030 Agenda.
The inclusion of Goal 16 is one of the innovative aspects of the new development framework. The 16+ Forum provides an avenue to sustain attention on efforts to ensure Goal 16 and related issues remain in focus throughout the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
The 16+ Forum provides multistakeholder participants the opportunity to strengthen global efforts to communicate, implement, and monitor activites related to Goal 16 and the 2030 Agenda.
Additionally, the 16+ Forum will continue to explore interlinkages between Goal 16 and other SDGs, as well as connections with other related priorities throughout the United Nations System.
Learning from best practices, innovative efforts, and success stories, the 16+ Forum is a knowledge-sharing space for the community of interested actors.
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Freedom From Violence: Peace, Security and Conflict Prevention in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
WFUNA's flagship project worked with civil society around the world to build the capacity of key stakeholders to engage in dialogue on the need to include peace issues in the post-2015 development agenda.
Six participating UNAs worked with civil society, the academic community, media and politicians in their respective countries to develop and raise awareness on the need to integrate peacebuilding and conflict prevention in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework and encourage conversations on how these aspects could be realized.
The inclusion of Goal 16, Promote Peaceful and Inclusive Societies, and other related peace targets in the final agreed Agenda 2030 was strongly supported by the Freedom From Violence project and other civil society initiatives.
Moving forward into the implementation stage of the SDGs, WFUNA will be looking to expand this project to build the capacity of civil society actors and to communicate the various nuances of Agenda 2030. The continued inclusion of civil society will be vital to ensure that national governments around the world live up to their ambitious commitments to truly leave no-one behind.
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"WFUNA and its members have played a critical role in progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. We continue to count on your active support in the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda...Let us work together to build a future of peace, justice, sustainability and dignity for all."
— Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations