GA at the UN: A Decade of Action

by Gita Jaffe
UNPathfinders hosted the evening A Decade of Action: Accelerating Action to build Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies which are Free from Fear and Violence, based on SDG16+ which includes SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions and 24 targets from seven other goals that directly measure an aspect of peace, justice, and inclusion. The evening had three themes of discussion.  The first set of presenters were distinguished political guests sharing tangible examples of actions taken in their countries since the launch of SDGs and practical next steps.  Sierra Leone’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice Priscilla Schwartz shared a significant number of accountable actions they have already taken in areas such as civil registration (identity), technology and corruption.  The second set of presenters represented examples from civil society including Ms. Jhody Polk, Founder of the Legal Empowerment and Advocacy Hub, who emphasized that access to justice is a human right, and we must ensure access for all, including to incarcerated populations.  The final theme of the evening sharedUN examples of collaboration to accelerate action on SDG16+ from private and public stakeholders. The conclusion and common understanding throughout the evening was that without peace, justice and strong institutions no SDGs can be achieved. Investment in SDG16+ must be made by all, and collectively we must accelerate data-driven innovations and people-centred approaches.
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