SDG 16
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Armed conflict and insecurity have a destructive impact on Yemen’s development, affecting economic growth, eliciting personal grievances, and provoking physical and sexual abuse, crime, exploitation and torture. It has undermined the efforts of non-state actors to protect those who are most at risk and – according to the Human Development Index – have driven the country’s values back to the same level they were at in 1998. This means that all of the development gains achieved over the past 20 years have effectively been undone.

The SDGs aim to reduce all forms of violence, and work with governments and communities to find lasting solutions to conflict and insecurity. Strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights is key to this process, as is reducing the flow of illicit arms and strengthening the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance.

Goals in action

  • Mine detection dogs: Defending Yemen

    The project provides financial and technical support to the Yemen Executive Mine Action Center (YEMAC) as the implementing agency for all mine action activities in the country. The Mine Detection Dog Unit is directly managed by the YEMAC, and it is financed by Germany.

  • Women: Protecting the peace in Tuban

    When Nusiaba heard rumblings of an armed group, she immediately feared for the safety of her community. She thought of those who were newly-arrived, having already fled homes in other places and were now trying to rebuild lives in the Tuban district of Lahj. She thought of the young people, prepared to protect their homes at any cost.

  • Fatemah: Resolving and maintaining social peace

    Fatima has been awarded the Women’s International Day Prize in recognition of her efforts on dispute resolution and contribution to maintain social peace in Lawdar District, Abyan Governorate. She was trained to help keep community peace by UNDP partners.

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