Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions
Without peace, stability, human rights and effective governance, based on the rule of law - we cannot hope for sustainable development. We are living in a world that is increasingly divided. Some regions enjoy sustained levels of peace, security and prosperity, while others fall into seemingly endless cycles of conflict and violence. This is by no means inevitable and must be addressed.
High levels of armed violence and insecurity have a destructive impact on a country’s development, affecting economic growth and often resulting in long standing grievances that can last for generations. Sexual violence, crime, exploitation and torture are also prevalent where there is conflict or no rule of law, and countries must take measures to protect those who are most at risk.
Home to only 5 percent of the world’s population, the Arab region was home to almost 47 percent of the world’s internally displaced population in 2014 and 57.5 percent of the world’s refugees. Most of those were forcibly displaced because of conflict and violence, as the Arab region has witnessed almost 18 percent of the world conflicts between 1948 and 2014, 45 percent of global terrorist attacks in 2014, and 68 percent of the world’s battle-related deaths in the same year.
The value of the Human Development Index for Libya and Syria has dwindled to levels last seen 15 years ago. Other estimates suggest that Syria may have lost over 35 years of hard-won gains in human development.
Lebanon has a unique political system constructed to safeguard peace and justice. However, parliamentary elections have been postponed twice, parliament was unable to elect a president 44 for almost two and a half years, and government institutions are becoming weaker. Many Lebanese are losing faith in the ability of government to provide services, ensure accountability and justice to the population. Furthermore, the perceived threat of terrorism and the risk of radicalization are affecting daily lives and the stability of the country.
Did you know…
…The municipal elections in 2016 were completed with only half as many complaints from voters as in 2010?
…that Lebanon ranked 123rd out of 168 countries and territories on the corruption perception index in 2015, meaning that Lebanon is among the 30% of countries perceived to be most corrupt by their population?
…Lebanon has experienced over 37 terrorist attacks and serious security incidents since 2011?
The SDGs aim to significantly reduce all forms of violence, and work with governments and communities 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 and strengthening the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance.