Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
While homicide and trafficking cases have seen significant progress over the past decade, there are still thousands of people at greater risk of intentional murder within Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and around Asia. Children’s rights violations through aggression and sexual violence continue to plague many countries around the world, especially as under-reporting and lack of data aggravate the problem.
To tackle these challenges and build a more peaceful, inclusive societies, there needs to be more efficient and transparent regulations put in place and comprehensive, realistic government budgets. One of the first steps towards protecting individual rights is the implementation of worldwide birth registration and the creation of more independent national human rights institutions around the world.
In order to achieve the SDGs, we must create just, peaceful, and inclusive societies. All people need to have access to quality education, healthcare, and fair economic policies. They also need to be free of fear from all forms of violence, no matter their sexual orientation, ethnicity, or faith. All of this includes even the world’s greatest democracies, which still struggle with violence, trafficking, corruption, crime, and discrimination.
- Violence and ineffective justice systems hinder development and economic growth, create societal unrest, and affect people’s health and well-being. Improperly functioning institutions are prone to arbitrariness and abuse of power, and less capable of delivering public services to all.
- Corruption, bribery, theft, and tax evasion cost some $1.26 trillion for developing countries per year. This money could be used to lift people out of poverty.
- The rate of children leaving primary school in conflict-affected countries reached 50% in 2011, which resulted in 28.5 million children being robbed of their education.
- In 76 countries with data from 2005 to 2016, an average of about 8 in 10 children aged 1 to 14 were subjected to some form of psychological aggression and/or physical punishment on a regular basis. In all but seven of these countries, more than half of children experienced one or both of these things at home.
- Countries with higher income inequality suffer from higher levels of violence, human trafficking, corruption, and an average homicide rate that is nine times higher than countries with more equal income distribution.
- More than 570 different trafficking flows, which criss-cross across the globe, were identified by law enforcement between 2012 and 2014. While the number of victims of sexual trafficking has decreased, the number of victims of forced labour trafficking has increased. In sub-Saharan Africa and Central America and the Caribbean, the majority of detected victims are children.
- No significant progress has been made in the ability of judicial systems to efficiently process and try the accused. In Central and Southern Asia, over 60% of the total prison population are being detained without a trial.
- You can raise awareness about the realities of violence and the importance of peaceful and just societies. You can promote inclusion and respect towards people of different backgrounds, ethnic origins, religions, gender, sexual orientations, or different opinions.
- You can also encourage governments to improve their political and justice systems and implement non-discriminatory laws and policies that deliver justice, combat corruption, reduce violence, and ensure basic services and inclusive participation. You can also promote comprehensive, transparent, and realistic government budgets that are assessed for reliability.
- Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere
- End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children
- Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all
- By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime
- Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms
- Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
- Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
- Broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance
- By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration
- Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements
- Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime
- Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development
• As a member of society, your active engagement in policy-making ensures that your voice is heard, knowledge is shared, and that critical thinking is encouraged at all ages. Policymakers can help generate job opportunities and fiscal policies that stimulate pro-poor growth and reduce poverty.
• As a member of the science and academic community, you can help discover sustainable solutions for the challenges of reducing poverty. Thanks to this community, there is now greater access to safe drinking water, reduced deaths caused by water-borne diseases, and improved hygiene to reduce health risks related to unsafe drinking water and lack of sanitation.
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