SDG 16 in Conflict-affected situation; ambition vs reality


High-Level Political Forum 2019

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Venue: Conference Room A, UN Headquarters

1:15 PM  - 2:30 PM


The side Event:

The permanent missions of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste and Republic of Korea together with the g7+ Secretariat are convening a high-level side event on the margin of High-level Political Forum, 2019. The purpose of the side event is to assess progress against SDG 16 in countries affected by conflict. Having suffered from decades of conflict and violence in different forms, Peace, Justice and Institutional resilience (the realm of SDG 16)  have been the most urgent priorities and demand of people in these countries. The absence of Peace has been the biggest obstacle in their progress toward Economic and Social Development. It was against this background that the g7+ members were among the strongest advocates of Goal 16 in Agenda 2030. The group had already agreed and adopted the framework of New Deal for Engagement in Fragile states that recognizes Peace and Statebuilding goals as the foundation for Peace, stability, and development in conflict-affected countries. The HLPF 2019 presents an opportunity for the conflict-affected countries, in particular, the g7+ and their development partners to assess the progress and identify common trends in progress against SDG 16 since its adoption. The anticipation that conflict-affected countries will be home to about 80% of the World’s poorest by 2030, is a pretext to double the efforts to address the needs of these countries and hence realizing Agenda 2030 and in particular its goal on Peace, Justice, and Effective Institutions. Against the above background, the objective of the Side event are as below:

  • To take stock of progress made in implementing SDG 16 and identify common challenges faced thereof.
  • To prioritize global policy actions to help realize the ambition of Agenda 2030 in countries affected by conflict and fragility.
  • To explore and identify areas for Peer Learning that can build on best practices and address key challenges in reaching SDG 16.

  Modality of Discussion:

  1. Discussion of the summary of findings of 20 indicators monitored by g7+
  2. Presentation of the findings of the Voluntary National Review (VNR) by g7+ members that are presenting 2019 VNRs.
  3. Moderated Panel discussion (g7+ members, Korea, Donors, and UN) focusing on:
    1. Dialogue and reconciliation to address ongoing Conflicts
    2. Access to quick and fair Justice to sustain Peace
  4. Summary on main takeaways to guide next steps

  Program: Moderated by Sarah F. Cliffe, Director of Center on International Cooperation (CIC) New York University   Panelists/Speakers:

  1. H.E. Dr. Francis Mustapha Kai-Kai, Minister of Planning and Economic Development of Sierra Leone and Chair of g7+
  2. H.E. Mohammad Mustafa Mastoor, Minister of Economy, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
  3. H.E. Dionisio Babo Soares, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
  4. H.E Lee Mi-Kyung, President of KOICA
  5. H.E. Félix MOLOUA, Minister of Economic Planning and Cooperation, Central African Republic


  • Presentation of the overview of the findings of the 20 priority indicators by Dr. Helder Da Costa, General Secretary of g7+ Secretariat
  • Presentation of the overview of VNR Report from g7+ countries
  • Q&A



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