The Application of Good Governance for Implementing The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Goal#16 in Afghanistan

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Project Title: The Application of Good Governance for Implementing The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Goal#16 in Afghanistan
Author: Mr. Farid Hemmat
Advisor: Assistant Professor Dr. Suraphol Srivithaya
Degree: Master of Arts in Peace Studies and Diplomacy
Major: Peace Studies and Diplomacy
Faculty: Graduate School of Peace Studies and Diplomacy
Academic year: 2021
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Conference
International Conference on Economics, Business and Interdisciplinary Studies (ICEBIS2021) on 18 March 2022

Citation

Hemmat, Farid. (2021). The application of good governance for implementing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Goal#16 in Afghanistan. ((Master’s thesis)). Bangkok: Siam University.


Abstract

This research had objectives to: (1) study the concepts and theories of good governance and sustainable development leading to the launch of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs); (2) to analyze the patterns of governance applications and best practices for the implementation of the UN-SDGs: Goal #16 in Afghanistan; (3) and to recommend some practical measures for the successful application of good governance practices for the implementation of the UN SDGs: Goal #l6 in Afghanistan.

The study applied a qualitative research methodology by using documentary research methods. The secondary data were collected from various documents, such as academic books, research reports and papers, review articles and newspapers, and official reports of governments and international organizations. These data sources were used to analyze Afghanistan’s governance opportunities and threats in light of SDG goal number sixteen. Finally, the author analyzed all collected data using content, logical, and comparative analyses to present the research’s conclusion, discussion, and recommendations.

The results of this research found that the application of good governance was dependent on the effective implementation of the UN-SDGs goal #16: process of strong institutions, governance, anti-corruption, peace and justice, the rule of law, human rights, democracy process and foreign interference in Afghanistan. Therefore, the author recommends from this research that (1) to solve corruption problems, the Afghan government shall mobilize funds for training Afghan public and private sectors’ personnel skills on the application of good governance for implementing the UN-SDGs#16 to fight against corruption; (2) to strengthen good governance, Afghanistan shall cooperate closely with all stakeholders to implement the effective application of best practices for the implementation of the UN-SDGs, especiallyGoal#16; (3) to achieve sustainable peace and justice, the rule of law and human rights, Afghanistan shall establish and enforce strong Afghan institutions and good governance network to implement the application of best practices for implementing the UN-SDGs, especially Goal#16 efficiently and effectively; and (4) to stabilize democracy and peaceful Afghan politics, Afghanistan shall make a strong effort to prevent interference of foreign powers in its internal affairs according to the United Nations Charter to implement the UN-SDGs, especially Goal#16, progressively. In addition, the author recommends (1) doing further research on the application of good governance for implementing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs) under the new government of the Taliban, established after the complete withdrawal of the U.S. troops from Afghanistan on 30 August 2021; (2) conducting comparative research between the previous
government and the new Taliban government on the application of good governance for implementing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs); (3) doing further quantitative research on the application of good governance for implementing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs): key success indicators of SDG Goal#16 in Afghanistan; and (4) conducting evaluation research on the application of good governance for implementing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs) of the previous government and the new Taliban government.

Keywords: Application, Implementation Process, Good Governance, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Afghanistan.


The Application of Good Governance for Implementing The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Goal#16 in Afghanistan

Master of Arts in Peace Studies and Diplomacy, Siam University, Bangkok, Thailand

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