SDG 16 – Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions

The core to UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 16 – Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions is concerned with human rights, children wellbeing, human trafficking, and creation of peaceful and inclusive societies. To prevent wars and ensure access to basic human needs, such as education, healthcare, freedom of speech, and safety.  

This goal can be achieved only in the presence of strong and reliable institutions, free from corruption and inclusive for all societies, irrespective of their ethnic or religious background. Sometimes, international intervention may be required to abolish dictatorship, but the UN also calls all the citizens to actively engage in the process of nation-building, among others actively participating in election processes.

Exercise your voting rights

In times of political turmoil and economic instability, especially when controversial issues such as human rights, freedom of speech, or environmental safety are at stake, people may feel resigned and reluctant to take action. Thoughts like “I won’t be able to change anything“, “My vote doesn’t matter“, “Even with new government things won’t change” are disheartening and may persuade individuals that inaction not to waste energy would be a better solution. But the hope should never be lost, and the right to elect your leader, the leader of the country should always be exercised.

Leaders with a broader view

You may be living in a developed society, politically stable, and safe. You may have access to all the basics that you need and more – education, health, freedom of speech. But how about the environmental topic? Do you pay attention when potential country leaders express their opinions on these issues? Do you take into consideration as a part of decision-making who should lead the country?

There are two messages here. First – always exercise your voting right to select the country’s representatives. And second – increase your awareness of what’s happening on a political level in other countries. If you can help people of the nations with the human right violation or under war conditions – do that. Regardless of their ethnicity and religious background. Building inclusive societies starts with you.

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