Efraim Wyeth on the United Nations Goal to Promote Just, Peaceful and Inclusive Societies
Efraim Wyeth, Advisor
Of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, I am fascinated most by the potential for positive change represented by Goal 16, the effort 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.
According to the global indicator framework developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators, through Goal 16 (“Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions”), we seek to: "substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms; develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels; broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance; ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements; promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all; significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere; and end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children."
According to the Report of the Secretary-General ( The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 ), there is promising news on these fronts: "Freedom-of-information laws and policies have been adopted by 116 countries, with at least 25 countries doing so over the last five years. However, implementation remains a challenge. Since 1998, more than half of countries (116 of 197) have established a national human rights institution that has been peer reviewed for compliance with internationally agreed standards (the Paris Principles). However, only 75 of these countries have institutions that are fully compliant."
Acknowledging that these are powerful strides in the right direction, we must also recognize that innovation and progress in these efforts are often stymied by insufficient legacy systems, political divisiveness, and the inertia of entrenched special interests. I am fascinated and inspired by bold innovative experiments in developing new forms of governance generated from without existing national boundaries and free from the traditional centralized national models, particularly through the application of new technologies that allow for effective decentralized governance models. The Government Network’s platform promises to be a fascinating laboratory for bold experimentation around these new models on a global level.
by Efriam Wyeth
Efraim (“Ef”) Wyeth is a community organizer, business developer, startup consultant, and content producer working primarily in New York and in both Northern and Southern California.
Ef has a passion for creating engaging and innovative experiences that feature elegant narratives. He develops community solutions that encourage empowering human interaction, sustainable business models and social justice. Ef is currently engaged in several projects in the fields of Sustainable Development, Startup Acceleration, IT and Entertainment.
Currently, Ef is focused on accelerating global achievement of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, formerly as Founding Director of Blockchain for Impact (an initiative of Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development), and currently as Founding Director of the SDG Film Institute, Senior Partner at SDG.Systems, and Executive Producer at The Production Machine.
Ef is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and earned an MBA from the Georgetown School of Business. He serves as Advisor to a number of innovative organizations including The Government.Network, SDG.ONE and CTI Africa.