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The Contribution of Parliaments to Sustainable Development Goal 16 through Security Sector Governance and Reform

26 November, 2021



"One of the most urgent recommendations that emerges from this analysis is the need to raise awareness about the SDGs among MPs." - Georgian Case Study by Tamar Pataraia and Tata Makhatadze

The United Nations’ 2030 Agenda is a global action plan for sustainable development and a key priority for the UN and its member states.

Within the 2030 Agenda, SDG 16 has a pivotal role highlighting the security-development nexus and emphasizing the need for strong institutions which adhere to good governance principles. The achievement of SDG 16 requires that national security sectors are well governed, subject to civilian oversight, and respectful of human rights and the rule of law.

Against this background, this case study compilation circles in on parliaments, as key oversight actors, and questions how they contribute to SDG 16 through their role in security sector governance and reform.

It is based on an explorative review of four country studies on Colombian, Georgia, Nigeria and the Philippines, written by regional experts. Their observations form the foundation for a comparative analysis of common challenges and effective practices of parliaments contributing to the achievement of SDG 16.