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Feb. 02, 2018

From Now to 2030: What is Needed to Measure SDG 16


This report by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) focuses on how to practically measure Sustainable Development Goal 16 - peace, justice, and strong institutions.
The full objective of this goal is to ‘promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels’. In many respects, Goal 16 is the most ambitious goal of the Sustainable Development Goals and faces unique practical challenges in its measurement and implementation.

Four main findings are contained in this report:

• Goal 16 can currently be measured with enough accuracy to determine progress, although with many limitations relating to data availability, reliability, timeliness and objectivity.

• Fifteen of the 23 indicators in Goal 16 can be measured by currently existing sources. The remaining eight indicators can be measured by proxy indicators.

• Numerous National Statistical Offices (NSOs) will need significant time and investment to develop the necessary statistical capacity to measure Goal 16. This highlights the need for third party initiatives to fill the data gaps and act as a source of independent verification while NSOs build their capabilities.

• The targets in Goal 16 are relevant to many of IEP’s Positive Peace factors.
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