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SDG16+ and the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

9 – 18 JULY 2019

 Pathfinders at the High-level Political Forum 

At the High-level Political Forum, ten Pathfinder countries demonstrated successful implementation of SDG16+ in their Voluntary National Reviews. The thematic review of SDG16 was supported by a joint statement from 36 countries and a new version of the Roadmap for Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies.

The Pathfinders co-hosted eight SDG16+ events and two high-level dinners, working with
more than 25 government, civil society, and private sector partners.

We published major reports from the Task Force on Justice – as the UN Secretary-General called for urgent action to meet the needs of 5 billion people who are deprived of justice.

We launched the grand challenge on inequality and exclusion, with the announcement of an advisory council bringing together member states and key partners.

Our SDG16+ Festival Guide helped participants navigate the formal sessions of the HLPF and more than 110 SDG16+ side events. The Pathfinders’ Booth informed more than 600 delegates about SDG16+.

 Download our SDG16+ and the Pathfinders Summary Document here 

 Key Messages on SDG16+ 

Our key message for the High-level Political Forum was the need for accelerated action to:

  • Significantly reduce all forms of violence everywhere, with the aim of halving global violence.

  • Shift from a world where justice is only available to the privileged few, to one that protects human rights and provides justice for all.

  • Transform institutions so that they can meet the aspirations of people and underpin the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda.

  • Tackle inequality and exclusion so that all people have a stake in a fairer and more sustainable future.

 Accelerating Action at the SDG Summit 

The High-level Political Forum provides a platform for action on SDG16+ at the SDG Summit from 24-25 September 2019.

We hope that Heads of State and Government will use the Leaders Dialogues to make concrete proposals for accelerating the achievement of SDG16+ in all countries, but with targeted action to reach the furthest behind first.

We are supporting governments and partners from all sectors to register Acceleration Actions on SDG16+ for the summit and we are responding to the call from the Deputy Secretary-General for “a decade of action to deliver on the SDGs” as we mobilize for a Decade of Action on SDG16+.

 Voluntary National Reviews from Pathfinder Countries 


Central African Republic

CAR is implementing its Recovery and Peacebuilding Plan (2017-2021). It announced plans to set up a governance group working on SDG16, and has accelerated progress towards post-conflict recovery through its peace and reconciliation agreement between armed groups in February 2019. Challenges: high rates of crime and sexual violence, endemic corruption, income inequality, and women’s political participation.




Enacted legislation to prevent all forms of domestic violence and abuse and ensure access to justice for all. Pre-trial detention has been cut from 30 percent in 2007 to 13 percent in 2018 and birth registration has increased from 63 percent in 2011 to over 71 percent in 2017. Challenges remain: Ghana reports that psychological and sexual violence remain higher than expected among women.




Though there has been progress in reducing crime, citizens’ trust in security institutions remains low. Challenges and priorities ahead: strengthening institutions and access to justice, and reducing inequalities, especially for indigenous populations, women and people with disabilities.

 Publications launched at the HLPF 2019 

Grand Challenge on Inequality and Exclusion Challenge Paper

Justice for All: Highlights and Policy Recommendations

Justice for All: Final Report

Joint Statement on SDG16+

Roadmap for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

 Event Photos 





In our SDG16+ Festival Guide, we highlight the official events related to the first ever review of SDG16 and SDG10, as well as the SDG16+-related side events and receptions happening on the margins of the HLPF.

Download the SDG16+ Festival Guide Document

Download the SDG16+ Festival Guide App

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