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SDG 16 calls for the development of peaceful, justand inclusive societies,supported bystrong institutions which follow good governance principles and are accountable to the public. Within SDG 16, target 16.7 stresses the need of responsive, inclusive, participatory, and representative decision-making for sustainable development. Parliaments are one of the most important decision-making bodies. Their involvement in security sector governance and reform allows for a more participatory and inclusive process addressing the security needs of the entire population.

Beyond target 16.7, parliaments also have a critical role to play in the realization of the other targets of SDG 16, including the strengthening the rule of law (16.3), providing access to information (16.10), as well as passing legislation to protect children (16.2) or to combat corruption (16.5) and organized crime (16.4.).

This toolbox contains good practices that were identified by experts and practitioners who collaborated with DCAF on the SDG 16 Project across a variety of different workshops, panels, roundtables, reports, papers, videos, and podcasts. The inclusion of a practice in this database does not mean that it can be recommended to every Parliament nor that it is without limitations. Instead, this database aims to inspire further initiatives and policies that are adapted to the needs of specific countries and contexts. As the project is still ongoing, practices are continuously added to this database.

Nigerian Case Study by Heindri A. Bailey

[By] recognizing SDG 16 as an enabling goal that is interlinked with other SDGs, parliamentarians [take] an integrated approach to oversight of all the SDGs.

Georgian Case Study by Tamar Pataraia and Tata Makhatadze

One of the most urgent recommendations that emerges from this analysis is the need to raise awareness about the SDGs among MPs. 

Philippine Case Study by Mario J. Aguja

The link between SSG/R and SDG 16 must be strengthened so that its realization can dramatically influence the evolution of a more effective and efficient security sector.