We would like to see a separate target,
complementing target 16.1, which would sound as follows: “by
2030 end sexual violence and other gender based violence in conflict and
Target 16.4 of increasing inclusive, participatory and
representative decision-making at all levels, taking into consideration the
interests of present and future generations fully reflects our position to
include various actors, especially youth, in decision-making processes. Target 16.6 to “forge unity in
diversity through democratic practices and mechanisms at the local, national
and international levels” reflects the idea mentioned in the target 16.4 and
could be integrated in it. With regard to indicators, we would like to call for
indicators, which explicitly mention the engagement of civil society, youth,
academic and private sector in decision-making processes – developing a strong
interlinkage with the target groups and topics under current Sustainable
Development Goals 5, 8, 11.
Regarding targets under the goal “Rule of law,
effective and capable institutions”:
fully support target 16.11 to “develop
effective, accountable and transparent public institutions at all levels”,
which is an overarching goal of the rule of law as a principle of governance.
The societies perceive the rule of law in the form of effective, accountable
and transparent public institutions, which govern and influence their daily
targets 16.11 and 16.14 we propose to add reference to the use of modern
Information and Communications Technologies and e-governance solutions. In
modern governance these solutions can be great enablers that make the decision-making
process more transparent and facilitate citizen participation. It can also significantly
contribute to the efficiency of public administration and lower the corruption
regard to target 16.12 to “provide
equal access for all to independent, effective and responsive justice systems
that respect due-process rights, and equal access to legal aid” we consider that
all indicators have to be gender sensitive, and some have to specifically focus
on women’s justice and security concerns. We continue to call for a separate
indicator on fight against impunity under this target.
target 16.15 to “ensure that all
laws are publicized and accessible by all” should be reached in the term that
is sooner than 2030.
support 16.16 as a separate target.
propose to add a reference to freedom online and offline under target 16.17, as the internet is
increasingly important for freedom of speech and expression.
target 16.17 the term “to ensure”
rather than “to promote” should be used with regard to freedom of media,
association and speech.