Goal 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

No matter how many other goals we achieve, without peace and justice, everything else can so easily come crashing down.

Injustice, corruption, a lack of access to information or a way to hold leaders to account will undermine development everywhere. Conflict tears families living normal lives from their homes, and turns them into refugees fighting for survival overnight. That’s why this goal is crucial in the fight against extreme poverty.

Citizens should be able to have a say in how their country is run. They should be able to get hold of data that shows what governments and companies are doing, and hold them to account for their actions. It sounds simple, but we also need to make sure every person is counted, so there are enough basic services like schools and hospitals for people to thrive.

Facts and figures

2.5 million

As at December 2018, over 2,500,000 individuals have been displaced due to conflict and violence (Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, 2017).

Over 200 thousand

Total number of 202,551 Nigerian are stateless in neighboring countries as refugees, due to conflict (UNHCR, 2017)

400 billion

Corruption, bribery, theft and tax evasion cost Nigeria Over 400 billion Nigerian Naira (NGN) annually (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2017)

3 in 10

3 in 10 Nigerian women have experienced physical violence by age 15 (Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey, 2017)


In Nigeria, women now hold more than 17.6% percent of seats in at least one chamber of the national parliament (The World Bank, 2017).
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 1 No Poverty
Goal 2 Zero Hunger
Goal 3 Good Health and Well Being
Goal 4 Quality Education
Goal 5 Gender Equality
Goal 6 Clean Water and Sanitation
Goal 7 Affordable and Clean Energy
Goal 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 9 Industry Innovation and Infrastructure
Goal 10 Reduced Inequalities
Goal 11 Sustainable Cities And Communities
Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 13 Climate Action
Goal 14 Life Below Water
Goal 15 Live on Land
Goal 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Goal 17 Partnership For The Goals

Goals in action