Sustainable Development Goal 16.1

Casualty recording is enshrined in the monitoring process of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Goal 16.1 is ‘to significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere’. This includes direct and indirect deaths resulting from armed conflict.

To monitor and support progress on this goal, OHCHR developed SDG indicator 16.1.2. This records the annual Number of conflict-related deaths per 100,000 population, by sex, age and cause. Casualty recorders, including CRN members, are a vital source of data for global reporting on this indicator.

Alarmingly, the UN Secretary-General’s most recent annual report on SDG progress revealed that in 2022, after several years of decline, the civilian fatality rate in armed conflict surged upwards by a staggering 53 per cent. Continual monitoring of this data is essential to avoid complacency and to identify the most effective means of violence reduction.

For technical information about how to report on SDG indicator 16.1.2, please visit our guidance pages.