SDG 16 carries the human rights principles of inclusion, participation, transparency, accountability, equality, and non-discrimination.
Such principles underpin the 2030 Agenda and are expressly translated into action in SDG 16 targets.
SDG 16, therefore, is a catalytic and critical component of an integrated 2030 Agenda, grounded in human rights and focused on bringing about more inclusive and just systems, an ambition made all the more relevant, given the current global context.
Changes to leadership and government administrations through electoral cycles can diminish ownership of the SDGs or shift priorities.
Such changes may threaten implementation of policy commitments related to the SDGs and SDG 16, including as linked to NDPs, national strategies, and sector reforms.
It is therefore important to engage all political parties to ensure longer-term sustained policies despite political changes.