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SDG16+: Justice for All


Our work advances many of the Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the United Nations -- poverty elimination (Goal 1), gender equality (Goal 5), reduced inequality (Goal 10) and more -- but Goal 16 is core to our mission.

SDG16: “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”


The ILF has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and plays a unique advocacy role at national and global fora. We bring on-the-ground experience defending vulnerable populations in fragile states together with high-level policy knowledge and technical expertise. We advocate for high-quality legal aid systems, along with robust data standards and benchmarks, to ensure justice is truly provided for all.  


  • We work with coalitions such as the Pathfinders Task Force on Justice, the TAP Network, and others to address the global justice gap and press for concrete action to expand access to legal aid.

  • We continually engage individual member states, pressing for commitments of resources and greater action to expand legal aid provision for poor and marginalized populations.

  • We are a signatory to the Rome Civil Society Declaration on SDG16+.

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