SDG 16 provides the framework for peace, justice for all, and strong institutions, which are fundamental for accelerating progress of other SDGs and leaving no one behind.
The Asia-Pacific region has a long way to go to achieve Goal 16. Data shows increased perception of public sector corruption, and that about 23.8 percent of businesses in the region have engaged in bribery. Children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to violence in the region. Over third of the women in the region have faced sexual violence. Available data from 21 countries shows that on average 70.7 percent of children aged between 1-14 have experienced physical discipline or psychological aggression by caregivers in the last month. Improving governance statistics is vital for identifying people or groups that are most affected by poor governance systems and take remedy measures.
Find out more on the Asia Pacific SDG Gateway.