SDG 16
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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.

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. 

China- Goal 16 in Focus

China has made a commitment that it will shoulder the responsibility of implementing the 2030 development agenda, and seek solidarity and cooperation to constantly push the cause of global development.

Learn more about Goal 16 and the opportunities and challenges China faces for reaching this goal by 2030, in this video from UNDP China's Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Agenda 2030/SDGs: http://open.163.com/undpsdgmooc

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