Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

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.

Facts and figures

68.5 million

By the end of 2017, 68.5 million people had been forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations.

10 million

There are at least 10 million stateless people who have been denied nationality and its related rights.

US$1.26 trillion

Corruption, bribery, theft and tax evasion cost developing countries US$1.26 trillion per year.


49 countries lack laws protecting women from domestic violence.


In 46 countries, women now hold more than 30 percent of seats in at least one chamber of national parliament.

1 billion

1 billion people are legally ‘invisible’ because they cannot prove who they are. This includes an estimated 625 million children under 14 whose births were never registered.

  • Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere

  • End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children

  • Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all

  • By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime

  • Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms

  • Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels

  • Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels

  • Broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance

  • By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration

  • Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements

  • Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime

  • Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development
Goals in action
SDG 6 SDG 9 SDG 16

Supporting Yemeni families affected by Aden floods

UNDP and our partner’s flood interventions were desperately needed in Aden and helped a suffering community maintain vital services, avoid diseases,…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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Saving lives of mothers and their babies in rural Taizz

UNDP launched a Private Business Midwifery Project, funded by UNDP and the government of Japan that aims to empower midwives to develop…

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Women encourage each other to be active in community planning

Yemeni women are subject to discrimination, both in their homes and in the workplace. They are systematically denied access to jobs, are…

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