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Sixteenth Goal: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Sixteenth Goal: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions




At the Rio+20 Conference in 2012, countries reaffirmed the importance of including freedom, peace, security and respect for human rights in the new development framework which will form the Millennium Development Goals. They also stressed the need for societies where justice and democracy prevail in order to achieve sustainable development. 
Goal 16 of the SDGs is dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.
Responsible Entities to Achieve the Goal and Monitor Achievement Levels:
Learn more about ‘Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions ’ as one of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Sixteenth Goal Statistics

  • 100% of births of children under five years of age are registered with a civil authority
  • Independent National Human Rights Institutions in compliance with the Paris Principles
  • 0.44 homicide rate per 100,000 population

Policies and Strategies Supporting the Sixteenth Goal

The Government Action Plan reflects the strategic priorities of the Bahraini government with a focus on delivering sustainable change in line with the reform project of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain. Built upon the principles of Sustainability, Transparency, Justice, and Competitiveness, the Government Action Plan aim at capitalizing on the Kingdom’s resources and capabilities to meet the needs of all Bahrainis.

Bahrain’s Council of Representatives  (Arabic Only) has been granted the full authority to review and approve the four-year plan including the overall development agenda, fiscal budget, and yearly closing accounts. Although the governance system in Bahrain is remarked with the separation of legislative, executive and judicial authorities, the Kingdom is blessed with cooperative relationship between the legislative and executive branches to build a better future for Bahrain. The full authority given to the Council of Representative is one of the main outcomes of the National Dialogue and the Constitutional Amendments in 2012.

The Council suggested 52 recommendations, which have been approved by the Bahrain government subsequently and incorporated into the Government Action Plan.

Bahrain judicial system

The Kingdom seeks to promote and protect human rights through political and legislative measures, including insuring that every citizen has a legal identity, and that all births are recorded in a central register immediately after birth in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Bahrain joined in 1989.

The Bahraini judicial system enjoys independence, in compliance with the Constitution, which grants a separation of powers. The judicial process includes a series of legal procedures to ensure fair trials, including the right to a defense, due process and judicial assistance. The Kingdom guarantees rights and freedoms to its citizens, including personal and religious freedoms, and guarantees access to institutions and mechanisms which protect these rights such as the judicial system. The Kingdom also offers accountable democratic practices through the legislative authority, freedom of opinion and expression, and supports other freedoms and institutions such as non-governmental organizations and the media.

Page Last Updated: 17 Nov, 2020