William McDermott, Project Coordinator
Merle Jasper, Project Officer
Alexandra Preperier, Research Assistant
About SSG/R and SDG16
Sustainable Development Goal 16 aims to develop peaceful and just societies by building strong institutions, through targets 16.6 and 16.7, which focus on good governance and accountability of public institutions. To achieve the ambitions envisaged under this goal, all states will need to redouble their efforts to ensure that their national security sector is both effective and accountable, and operates within a framework of democratic civilian oversight, rule of law and respect of human rights. However, there is currently limited guidance on how Security Sector Governance and Reform (SSG/R) policies can contribute to achieving SDG16, and in particular targets 16.6 and 16.7 which are crucial for legitimate stability, especially in fragile contexts.
This project aims to:
- Position SSG/R as a powerful policy tool at the national and international levels for realising SDG16, and in particular targets 16.6 and 16.7, which is a critical goal in the entire 2030 Agenda.
- Establish the linkage between parliaments and their contribution to good governance and accountability of the security sector, within the context of SDG16, as well as providing parliaments with the means to realign their strategic priorities with the 2030 Agenda.
- Develop SDG16-specific guidance that supports parliaments and states in the implementation of the 2030 agenda and its subsequent reporting.
This project is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The first year of the project focuses on parliaments as one of the most prominent oversight bodies of the state and their capacity to hold governments accountable for their commitments to SDG16 and the 2030 Agenda. Parliaments play an instrumental role in creating peaceful and just societies, through their five key functions: legislative, budgetary, oversight, elective and representative, and in their authority, ability and attitude to perform these roles.
The regional focus of the project for the first year is Eastern Europe.