SDG 16: PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS
Goal 16 aims to 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 UAE government upholds a ‘Safe Public and Fair Judiciary’ as one of the cornerstones of Vision 2021. The UAE’s commitment to the rule of law has maintained order, eradicated violence, and contributed to a sense of justice and security for UAE nationals and residents alike. The Ministry of Interior (MOI) continuously works on establishing and strengthening public institutions to ensure the UAE remains amongst the safest and most secure countries to live in by 2021. MOI’s commitment is widely acknowledged with the UAE reaching 90% in the SDG Index indicator related to people feeling safe walking alone at night.
• Adoption of Facebook’s Missing Child Alert system (2018) to declare alerts when investigating abductions
• Implementation of the Smart Tower initiative (2017) To monitor traffic¨ screen wanted vehicles and provide Traffic information to motorists The aim is to reduce deaths by half (from 6 to 3 per 100,000) by 2021
• Creation of a Joint Framework for Drug Control (2017) to prevent and detect drug smuggling
• Adoption of a Crime Scene Management Policy (2017) to promote cooperation and coordination between partners in scene management (fingerprints and samples)
• Unification of criminal systems in 2017 to standardize criminal records and databases related to relevant sectors
• Launch of the National Intelligence Model (2017), a Unified approach for the collection¨ coordination and dissemination of intelligence across all forces and law enforcement agencies
• Launch of Hassantuk (2017), the largest integrated system in the region to monitor emergencies related to fire and public safety using smart techniques in artificial intelligence.
• Limited valuable historic data on biodiversity may cause implications when developing projects specific to terrestrial biodiversity, hence MOCCAE adopted several projects which utilize today’s expertise to track historical knowledge on biodiversity through back casting exercises
• Limited awareness concerning the importance of biodiversity can lead to misinformation about species and their habitats. A national awareness strategy has been developed to increase public awareness on environment & biodiversity
• Invasive species are recognized as one of five most important direct drivers of biodiversity loss and change in ecosystem services globally. Invasive species can impact in a number of ways, including competition, predation, hybridisation, and disease transmission, parasitism, herbivory and trampling and rooting. The outcomes of these impacts lead to biodiversity loss, habitat degradation and loss of ecosystem services.
CUD plays a major role in achieving goal 16 with the alignment of the government to achieve a sustainable society according to 2030 vision.