Goal Sixteen: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

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.

Overview of some indicators

Number of victims of intentional homicide (per 100,000 population)
Proportion of childern under five years of age whose births have been registered with a civil authority
Existence of independent national human rights institutions in compliance with paris principles

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.

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.

Goal One: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal Two: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal Three: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all age
Goal Four: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal Five: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal Six: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal Seven: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal Eight: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal Nine: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal Ten: Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal Eleven:  Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal Twelve:Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal Thirteen: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts[b]
Goal Fourteen: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal Fifteen: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal Sixteen: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal Seventeen: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
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