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Definition of "Peace, Justice, & Strong Institutions"

"The sixteenth goal pursues the advancement of peaceful and inclusive societies, allowing access to justice for all, and constructing effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions throughout society. SDG16 seeks to address the challenges that:

  • cause people to live in fear,
  • become forcibly displaced, and
  • experience violence.

These challenges include:

  • organized crime,
  • corruption,
  • human trafficking,
  • illegal arms sales,
  • financial crimes, and the
  • all forms of violence against, torture of, and exploitation of children."

UN Sustainable Development Goals. (2023). In Gale Global Issues Online Collection. Gale. URL 

Helpful UN links for SDG #16 Peace, Justice, & Strong Institutions

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Suggested search terms for Goal #16 Peace, Justice, & Strong Institutions

These keywords are SOME of the terms that will help you research this goal. Use these in the main search box on the library homepage, library databases, and Google. Try combining them for the best search.

Develop your own key terms as you read about your topic and solution.

Note: Put quotation marks around phrases when you search (ie "extreme poverty")

Key terms:

accountable institution 
actual innocence OR false confession 
arbitrary detention OR unsentenced detention   
arbitrary justice   
armed conflict 
arms flow 
arms trafficking   
child abuse   
civil conflict 
corruption AND public official OR government OR bribery 
crime OR criminal 
criminal justice system OR justice system   
criminal tribunal   
democratic deficit 
effective rule of law   
ethnic conflict 
freedom of information   
freedom of speech
fundamental freedom 
Geneva Convention
genocid* OR homicid* OR murder*
good governance   
human rights institution OR human rights activists   
human trafficking   
illicit money   
inclusive institution 
inclusive society 
independence of judiciary OR independent judiciary   
judicial system   
legal identity for all   
legal remedy 
organized crime 
peaceful society   
political decision-making 
political instability 
press freedom   
responsive institution fair society 
separation of powers   
violence OR torture   
violent conflict 
war crime   
war OR conflict OR warfare



For more about the key terms, see the Elsevier 2019 Scopus queries.