Sustainable development goals (SDGs) cannot be fully achievable by 2030, leaving out SDG 16 that focuses on inclusive societies, democracy, strong institutions, justice and rule of law.
SDG 16 is the key goal and the driver of all other sustainable goals. If it fails, overall SDGs will be a failure, speakers told a dialogue recently.
They said growing economic inequality, partially functioning democracy, the weakening of some major institutions and non-inclusive growth are the major challenges in achieving SDG 16.
The observations were made at a dialogue styled 'What type of democratic practices are suitable for achieving the SDGs?' hosted by the Centre for Policy Dialogue in a city hotel.
SDG 16-peace, justice and strong institutions-is one of the 17 SDGs established by the United Nations in 2015.
It promotes peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provides access to justice for all and builds effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
It has 12 targets to be achieved by 2030. Progress towards the targets will be measured by 23 indicators.