Sustainable Development Goal 16 promises "justice for all." Yet 5 billion people have unmet justice needs globally, including people who cannot obtain justice for everyday problems, people who are excluded from the opportunity the law provides, and people who live in extreme conditions of injustice. Bridging this justice gap will require outside-the-box thinking and massive, global action from a wide range of actors.

Convened on a theme of "Realizing Justice for All," the 2019 World Justice Forum was one of a series of events mobilizing further action to accelerate implementation of SDG 16. The World Justice Project invited governments, organizations, and individuals to use the World Justice Forum to highlight their justice initiatives, collecting 50 commitments as part of this effort.

Browse highlighted commitments below, and don't miss out on the opportunity to register your own Acceleration Actions toward furthering SDG 16 ahead of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals Summit.

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Commitments at the World Justice Forum

Featured Commitments

The Ministry of Justice, in partnership with civil society organizations, will conduct a National Survey of Citizens’ Legal Needs in order to develop a strategy to strengthen legal services; maintain databases and a website with information on legal assistance; develop a methodology for measuring and monitoring free legal services; and conduct an awareness campaign about citizens’ right to free legal assistance.

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Landesa, as secretariat of a global campaign on women’s land rights, is working in partnership with global development and civil society organizations to close the gap between laws and practice to give women throughout the world access to and the benefit of their land rights.

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IDLO promotes access to justice through country-based programs, sometimes in the most dangerous, insecure, difficult, remote areas of the world, we look to concrete results. We focus on concrete results, because women look to justice very differently from men. Women don’t look to see how efficient the process is, or whether it is formal or informal. What they are looking for are concrete outcomes in their lives.

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