SDG 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Understand SDG 16

  • SDG 16 is to significantly reduce all forms of violence, especially against children, and all forms of corruption and bribery; ensure equal access to justice for all and effective and inclusive decision-makings at all levels; improve the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance.

  • Every day, 100 civilians are killed in armed conflicts.
  • Judiciary and police are institutions affected by corruption the most. 
  • 31% of all prisoners worldwide are held in detention without sentencing. 
  • More than 200 million children are affected by school-related violence each year and more than 700 million children risk suffering from corporal punishment.


Data retrieved from UN SDG 16

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