The Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies
When world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda, they included SDG 16, a goal that seeks to create peaceful, just and inclusive societies. Such an overarching ambition was absent from the Millennium Development Goals, the SDGs’ predecessor. However, there was no clear path to implementation of this aspirational goal, and no agreement on how to turn it into an agenda for action.
In response, a number of countries took the lead to become the Pathfinders for peaceful, just and inclusive societies. These Pathfinder countries come together to demonstrate the action they will take to build more peaceful, just and inclusive societies, providing a basis for exploring the partnerships, funding, and knowledge sharing required to underpin delivery of this new goal.
The Pathfinders focus on all targets for peaceful, just and inclusive societies, linking the 12 targets from SDG 16 to 24 targets from seven other goals that directly measure an aspect of peace, justice or inclusion.
They call this SDG 16+.
In September 2017, the Pathfinders launched the Roadmap for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, as a ‘first guide’ to implementation, supported by 28 Pathfinder countries and 18 international organizations.
The Roadmap identifies three grand challenges, areas in which the Pathfinders want to set a policy and learning agenda while raising ambition and increasing political will.
The Task Force on Justice was set up in response to one of these grand challenges – the ambition to provide access to justice for all.
The Task Force on Justice
In February 2018, the Task Force was launched in Buenos Aires, as an initiative of the Pathfinders. It is chaired by ministers from Argentina, the Netherlands, and Sierra Leone, and by Hina Jilani, lawyer and human rights activist who is one of the Elders.
The Task Force on Justice aims to contribute to better justice outcomes for people and communities who are outside the protection of the law, in line with SDG 16.3 and related targets on justice, in several ways:
▪ It will encourage governments (national and sub-national) to make ambitious commitments to implement SDG 16.3, backed up by credible, realistic, and funded strategies and plans.
▪ It seeks to contribute to increasingly coherent and comprehensive support for the implementation of SDG 16.3 by international and regional organizations, and by multi-stakeholder partnerships.
▪ It is at the heart of efforts to build a more effective and empowered movement for justice at global, regional, national and local levels.