Working to achieve SDG 16
Today, 6 March 2018, the GOALI initiative (Global Online Access to Legal Information) is launched in Geneva.
In the development of this initiative, the Centre has cooperated with the ILO, the Cornell University Law Library, the Yale Lillian Goldman Law Library, Brill Nijhoff (founding publisher and initiator of the programme), other publishers and Research4Life partners (WHO, FAO, UNEP, WIPO). GOALI provides free or low-cost online access to legal research and training tools, including academic legal journals, publications and databases produced by the world's leading academic publishers, in more than 115 low and middle-income countries. Particular attention is paid to the inclusion of secondary sources pertaining to private and public international law on such subjects as human rights, humanitarian, labour-related, environmental, criminal and maritime treaties and practice, and other areas of international importance.
Access will be granted to selected institutions. Those eligible include governments, universities, law schools and research and not-for-profit institutions, as well as the secretariats of national workers’ and employers’ organizations.
GOALI will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 16: “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”.
 Research4Life is a public-private partnership established by the WHO, FAO, UNEP, WIPO, Yale and Cornell Universities and more than 200 academic publishers. Its aim is to bridge the gap in scientific knowledge between industrialized countries and the developing world. There are other Research4Life programmes focusing on agriculture, health, the environment, science and innovation.