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The Role of the Private Sector in Support of Reporting Under SDG 16

Published by: One Earth Future Research; SDG Fund; Global Alliance; AIM2Flourish; IPI, Concordia; UNDP/Oslo Governance Centre


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In Sustainable Development Goal 16, UN member states committed themselves to tracking and releasing information about the closely related issues of peace, justice, inclusion, and good governance. Collecting good data about these issues is difficult and expensive, and many states will need to expand the capacity of their National Statistical Office to meet their commitment. This report explores public-private partnerships as one tool for expanding the capacity of governments to collect and release data on good governance and peace. Based on case studies, interviews, and a small survey of private sector actors, this report argues that there is a role for private sector actors to support data collection and dissemination under SDG 16, but that unlocking this potential will require addressing concerns and potential issues that could hamper the effectiveness of the partnership. This report is a partnership between OEF Research and the Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies.

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SDGs Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions
Published
2018
Thematic Area
Public private partnerships
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Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Peace, stability, human rights and effective governance based on the rule of law are important conduits 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 among communities 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 Sustainable Development Goals (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.

Promoting peace and justice is one of 17 Global Goals that make up the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. An integrated approach is crucial for progress across the multiple goals.

Learn more about the targets for Goal 16.

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Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Peace, stability, human rights and effective governance based on the rule of law are important conduits 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 among communities 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 Sustainable Development Goals (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.

Promoting peace and justice is one of 17 Global Goals that make up the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. An integrated approach is crucial for progress across the multiple goals.

Learn more about the targets for Goal 16.

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The SDG Fund response

The 2030 Agenda requires a greater involvement among governments, civil society, private sector and international organizations to build more peaceful and inclusive just societies. Peace also brings new business opportunities by increasing stability, improving economic prospects and by building social and economic fabric in a community.

For example,

  • The armed conflict in Colombia has damaged production, institutions, food security, and social trust. Through the sustainable agricultural production of indigenous crops and their international commercialization, the SDG-F will create employment, better nutrition, and, most importantly, peace in Cauca - one of the zones most affected by the long lasting conflict.
  • In Sierra Leone, the SDG Fund is working for improved accountability and transparency in natural resource governance. This will contribute to promoting peace in the mining communities of the project and help to generate income that will be reinvested in the development of the communities.
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The SDG Fund response

The 2030 Agenda requires a greater involvement among governments, civil society, private sector and international organizations to build more peaceful and inclusive just societies. Peace also brings new business opportunities by increasing stability, improving economic prospects and by building social and economic fabric in a community.

For example,

  • The armed conflict in Colombia has damaged production, institutions, food security, and social trust. Through the sustainable agricultural production of indigenous crops and their international commercialization, the SDG-F will create employment, better nutrition, and, most importantly, peace in Cauca - one of the zones most affected by the long lasting conflict.
  • In Sierra Leone, the SDG Fund is working for improved accountability and transparency in natural resource governance. This will contribute to promoting peace in the mining communities of the project and help to generate income that will be reinvested in the development of the communities.
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  • 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
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  • 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
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Public and private institutions are converging towards the achievement of development results. One of the SDG Fund priorities is to facilitate this convergence, leading to a shared responsibility in development challenges.

The SDG Fund’s private-sector strategy has two goals: involving businesses in each of our programmes in the field from the start and creating a global business advisory council.

To better align public-private partnerships for sustainable development, the SDG Fund has established a Private Sector Advisory Groupformed by business leaders of major companies from various industries worldwide. 

The experience of the MDG-F suggests that public-private partnerships can contribute to achieving development goals, capacity building, wealth distribution, and sustainable economic growth.

The private sector is understood as micro-, small, medium, and large companies, self-employed workers, business associations, unions, chambers of commerce, and foundations.

For example, the SDG Fund programmes took into account the following criteria for designing programmes regarding public private partnerships:

  • Has the project included the private sector in its design and implementation?
  • Does the project include solutions to development challenges through core business activities and initiatives that include low-income groups in value chains and as producers, suppliers, employees, and consumers?
  • Does the project facilitate discussion between the public and private sectors and civil society on a specific development theme or industry sector?
  • Does the private sector include micro-, small, medium, and large size companies?
  • Does the project promote entrepreneurial activities of disadvantaged or low-income persons?
  • Does the project promote public and private sector representatives’ joint decisions?
  • Is a results-based management approach used in the design of the project?
  • Does the project include measurable activities and indicators related to the number and size of private institutions participating in the program?
  • Does the project include measurable joint activities between private institutions/private sector and public sector?
  • Does the program aim to enable companies to improve and develop corporate social responsibility? Does it include synergies with current corporate social responsibility initiatives?

More information on the SDG Fund Private Sector Advisory Group: link.

For further information, see:
Document HR/PUB/11/04, Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, prepared by the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights

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Public and private institutions are converging towards the achievement of development results. One of the SDG Fund priorities is to facilitate this convergence, leading to a shared responsibility in development challenges.

The SDG Fund’s private-sector strategy has two goals: involving businesses in each of our programmes in the field from the start and creating a global business advisory council.

To better align public-private partnerships for sustainable development, the SDG Fund has established a Private Sector Advisory Groupformed by business leaders of major companies from various industries worldwide. 

The experience of the MDG-F suggests that public-private partnerships can contribute to achieving development goals, capacity building, wealth distribution, and sustainable economic growth.

The private sector is understood as micro-, small, medium, and large companies, self-employed workers, business associations, unions, chambers of commerce, and foundations.

For example, the SDG Fund programmes took into account the following criteria for designing programmes regarding public private partnerships:

  • Has the project included the private sector in its design and implementation?
  • Does the project include solutions to development challenges through core business activities and initiatives that include low-income groups in value chains and as producers, suppliers, employees, and consumers?
  • Does the project facilitate discussion between the public and private sectors and civil society on a specific development theme or industry sector?
  • Does the private sector include micro-, small, medium, and large size companies?
  • Does the project promote entrepreneurial activities of disadvantaged or low-income persons?
  • Does the project promote public and private sector representatives’ joint decisions?
  • Is a results-based management approach used in the design of the project?
  • Does the project include measurable activities and indicators related to the number and size of private institutions participating in the program?
  • Does the project include measurable joint activities between private institutions/private sector and public sector?
  • Does the program aim to enable companies to improve and develop corporate social responsibility? Does it include synergies with current corporate social responsibility initiatives?

More information on the SDG Fund Private Sector Advisory Group: link.

For further information, see:
Document HR/PUB/11/04, Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, prepared by the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights

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