The SDG 16 Conference 2022

21 - 22 April 2022
14:00 CEST

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and the Government of Italy are co-organizing the virtual Conference SDG 16  'people-centered governance in a post-pandemic world,' 21-22 April 2022.

Building on the outcomes of the 2019 and 2021 editions and drawing on the insights of participants from government, international organizations, civil society, academia and youth, the Conference will explore how a people-centred approach to governance can help rebuild trust, accelerate progress towards sustainable development and tackle the challenges facing a post-Covid world.

Massimo Tommasoli, Permanent Observer for International IDEA to the UN will participate in plenary session 3 on 22 April, 14:00-15:30 CEST to address the pandemic's impact on democracy and looking at a new vision for the rule of law to address global challenges. The Conference will examine how Covid-19 has contributed to the root causes and drivers of conflict and instability, challenged the delivery of public services, threatened the rule of law and increased inequality and exclusion. It will highlight innovations made in response to the pandemic, including approaches to build and sustain development in conflict-affected contexts, strengthen institutional resilience, promote people-centred justice, and address inequalities while leaving no one behind. The Conference will build on the growing body of evidence and evaluations of government responses and performance since the pandemic began. 

In keeping with the 'whole of society' approaches required to achieve the 2030 Agenda, the Conference will adopt a multistakeholder format, drawing on insights and experiences from governments, civil society, women and girls, youth and other key stakeholders working at the frontlines of pandemic response and recovery efforts around the world. It will place a particular emphasis on the challenges and perspective of people and groups that have been disproportionately affected and are most at risk of being left behind. 

Participants will be invited to share experiences, challenges, good practices, and success stories of governance innovations that have emerged during the pandemic and will advance policies and partnerships that interlink goals and targets across the Sustainable Development Agenda. The Conference will inform the 2022 High Level Political Forum on the theme of 'Building back better from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'. The HLPF will review some of the SDGs that have been most severely impacted by the pandemic, including SDG 4 on quality education, and SDG 5 on gender equality. 



  • Day 1 - April 21 - Session 1: Preventing conflict and sustaining peace in an increasingly fragile world
  • Day 1 - April 21 - Session 2: Building institutional resilience and enhancing the effectiveness, accountability and responsiveness of institutions
  • Day 2 - April 22 - Session 3:  A new vision for the rule of law to address global challenges
  • Day 2 - April 22 - Session 4:  Leaving no one behind: Ensuring inclusion, protection and participation


Partner Organizations/collaborators: 
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UDESA), International Development Law Organization (IDLO), Government of Italy


Individuals noted on any UN sanctions list (United Nations Security Council Consolidated List) or European Union sanctions list are not allowed to participate in any International IDEA events.