It is a comprehensive goal, with targets that are hard to quantify. Even when quantification is possible, different and deficient data sets preclude within and between region comparisons.
The dimensions of SDG16 are relevant for all regions, but addressing them is often more challenging in developing countries. Conflict and insecurity are linked to poverty eradication and sustainable development. Marginalized countries and populations are generally more affected by violence. For many of the poorest countries in the world, violence and insecurity hinder poverty reduction and achievement of economic growth. By 2030, 75 % of people in extreme poverty will live in countries at risk from high levels of violence.
ROW and BRISE score high on both violence and corruption, and get a red rating. USA and OECD get a rating of yellow on both targets. China is borderline and also gets a yellow rating. All assessments here have high uncertainty, but the challenges seem overwhelming for the least developed countries (LDCs).
Understanding the score
Five regions: USA, OECD (excl. USA), China, BRISE (Brazil, Russia, India, South Africa and 10 other emerging economies), ROW (rest of the world).
Green light: Goal likely to be reached.
Orange light: Goal not likely to be reached, but more than 50% of the gap between today's status and the goal is likely to be closed.
Red light: Goal not likely to be reached, and less than 50% of the gap between today's status and the goal is likely to be closed.