Sustainable Development Goals progress

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Sustainable Development Goal 16 - Peace Justice and Strong Institutions

Julie Haggie
Chief Executive Officer
Transparency International New Zealand

Two reports and a new website focusing on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have recently been launched.

Voluntary National Review

The first is the Government’s first Voluntary National Review report (VNR) on its achievement against implementation of the ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ and achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This will be presented at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York on 17 July.

The HLPF is the United Nation’s central platform for country-specific follow-ups and reviews of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. 

TINZ submitted on the VNR during the very brief period of consultation in late May. We commented then that the Government should highlight the very good anti-corruption work that has occurred and which fits well within SDG-16 ‘Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions’.   These include more recently, the development of a cross agency anti-corruption workplan and establishment of the Police Financial Crimes Unit.  These are detailed in the TINZ National Integrity System Assessment 2018 update.

It is good to see that the final report has picked up some of our suggestions under Goal 16 although not surprisingly, given the Wellbeing Framework, its main focus remains on actions needed to reduce family violence and to transform the justice system.

TINZ would like to see a stronger link drawn between anti-corruption work and people’s lived experience.  By increasing measures to fight organised crime and money laundering, New Zealand can improve its economic base.  TINZ also supports social cohesion through preventing engagement in crime and the impact of that on our citizens.  We would also like to see a stronger alignment with plans developed under the Open Government Partnership including the development of the 3rd National Action plan. Refer to SDG-16, target 16.7 ‘Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels’. 

New Zealand People’s Report

A group of civil society organisations, working under severe resource and time constraints, has collaborated on a NZ People’s Report.  The TINZ contribution focused on SDG-16.

The People’s Report contains 35 recommendations and calls for action to address major equity and sustainability challenges, and to take a more coordinated ‘implementation plan’ approach towards NZ commitments under the SDG 2030 Agenda.

Sustainable Development Goals Website for New Zealand

New Zealand Sustainable Development Goal’s website has been developed by the School of Government of Victoria University of Wellington with oversight by a multi-sector group in Aotearoa New Zealand (representing academic, business, public, and non-government communities).  

This is a place to read about and share developments and progress.  It also showcases an interactive model of New Zealand’s progress towards the SDGs set out by the United Nations in 2015. 


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