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Four ways regional bodies can help deliver SDG justice commitments

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) differ from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in many ways. Unlike the MDGs, the SDGs universally apply to all countries and they are holistic and integrated. Moreover their delivery is to be achieved by governments, civil society, and the private sector all working together to achieve their success.

The SDGs also recognise the central role of justice in achieving development, with Goal 16 specifically guaranteeing “equal access to justice for all.” Governments, in partnership with other stakeholders, must make necessary national reforms to provide access to justice to the billions who currently live outside of the protection of the law. They must commit to financing the implementation of these reforms and be held accountable for their success.

Regional and sub regional bodies are uniquely placed to assist governments with implementing and monitoring justice commitments made through the SDGs.Learnings from the MDGs show that countries that integrated the MDGs into existing regional strategies were far more successful in meeting the MDGs’ objectives than countries that did not have the support of an existing regional strategy.

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