Legal Inclusion Indicators for SDG 16

Legal Inclusion Indicators to measure progress on the legal inclusion aspect of Global Goal for Sustainable Development 16 of the UN Agenda 2030


The United Nations Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development is made up of 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDG) of which SDG 16 reads:


(A) To promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, (B) provide access to justice for all and (C) build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels


All three objectives imply ‘Legal Inclusion’ as a central issue. Consequently, an actionable plan around Legal Inclusion is needed to successfully implement SDG 16.


As described, in this perspective, the definition of Legal Inclusion is the situation in which the basic legal needs of individuals are satisfied, enjoying legal protection and access to entitlements of the society in which they live such as public services, benefits and amenities.


To measure the implementation of the SDGs, a global indicator framework for the SDGs and targets of the 2030 Agenda have been developed. Contrary to SDGs 1 through 15, there are few actionable, effective indicators to measure progress towards attaining SDG 16, especially the ‘Providing Access to Justice’ part has been excluded.


The global indicator revision process in 2020 provides an opportunity to include new indicators in the Agenda 2030. Proposals to this end have to be made in 2018/19.


MJ4All is developing a set of legal inclusion indicators to measure progress in the implementation of the legal inclusion aspect of SDG 16.




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