GMF 2022

GMF 2022: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

This year the Global Media Fest will explore United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #16, which states that  “conflict, insecurity, weak institutions and limited access to justice remain a great threat to sustainable development.” (United Nations)

According to data compiled by the UN :

  • 1 in 3 trafficking victims were children (2020-2021)
  • Child labor rose to 160 million, being the first increase in two decades
  • The births of around one in four children under age 5 worldwide are never officially recorded
  • The number of people fleeing war, persecution, and conflict exceeded 70 million in 2018, the highest level recorded by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in almost 70 years
  • In 2020, the killings of 331 human rights defenders were reported in 32 countries, being an 18% increase since from 2019
  • Only 82 countries had independent national human rights institutes in compliance with international standards (2020)

SDG #16 focuses on several related targets including the promotion of societies that are peaceful, fair, and inclusive. Targets include promoting human rights such as legal identity for all and eliminating barriers to sustainability such as corruption and exploitation.