At the U.N.’s Millennium Summit in 2000, world leaders pledged to spare no effort in pursuing human security, human rights and human development. While the subsequent Millennium Development Goals presented an important 15-year international agenda, they lacked peace, justice and inclusion in their vision. This gap was filled in 2015, when world leaders put this trio of excluded goals at the heart of the U.N.’s new 2030 Agenda. Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16), in particular, represents a historic opportunity to make peace, human rights, democratic governance and the rule of law an integral part of human development. For conflict-affected countries, SDG 16 provides a foundation for transitioning from fragility to resilience.
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