https://sdg.iisd.org, 19 May 2021
Ombuds institutes exist in over 100 countries around the world. They are critical players in the social justice landscape and their core mission is to remedy injustice and mediate the relationship between citizens and the authorities.
While the exact modalities vary, in general they receive and address complaints about public services. They offer people free and easy access to justice, with few procedural requirements to communicate their grievances. They apply a flexible approach to resolving problems, using fact-finding, mediation, public reporting, and other methods to respond to injustices.
Many different types of organizations, from universities and…
In July 2021 44 countries will present Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the UN’s High Level Political Forum (HLPF). In their VNRs they will report national progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Fourteen of these countries are Pathfinders, countries collaborating for peaceful, just and inclusive societies.
The uncertainty caused by the pandemic makes it hard for most of us to plan ahead. Yet the global community has asked the Secretary-General of the United Nations to do just that. They have asked him to chart the course and present a Common Agenda for the coming years and even decades.
The reflection on this common agenda is still underway, but the SG’s call for new social contracts is bound to be central to the recommendations he will present in September 2021.
https://peacelab.blog, 29 May 2019
Over 5.1 billion people worldwide do not have meaningful access to justice. Preventive approaches in justice strategies are an effective way to tackle this global justice gap. Germany should invest in justice data and innovation as well as smarter justice financing. Successful examples should be showcased at the UN’s High-level Political Forum in July.
Yesterday we came together as Pathfinders — as people committed to peace, justice and inclusion, as countries and organizations working for the achievement of the SDG16+ goals and targets.
We met at a time when the global emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic is still deepening and is causing incalculable harm in people’s lives.
We came together because we believe that we must make peace, justice and inclusion the foundation for the recovery and reset after we get this virus under control.
By: Maaike de Langen and Trevor Farrow
Hopes that we will swiftly overcome the pandemic may be fading, but the conviction that we need to transform our societies for the better is spreading. Not just the health and economic impacts of the pandemic require recovery, the societal and political consequences call for a profound rethink and — as some are now arguing — a fundamental reset.
The secretary-general of the UN has called for a new social contract. …
Justice as fairness needs to be a basic parameter for the reset in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, if we want our societies to be more fair and inclusive.
That was the key insight that I took from the discussion between Musa Dean, the justice minister of Liberia, Sigrid Kaag, the minister for foreign trade and development cooperation of the Netherlands, and the World Bank’s Ferid Belhaj. The discussion also yielded five courses of action to get us there.
The discussion on Investing in Justice for All to Prevent Violence and Conflict, was held as part of the World…
https://www.sdgnederland.nl , 25 juli 2019.
De rechtsstaat moet er niet zijn voor de happy few — regels en instanties moeten voor iedereen werken. Recente cijfers laten zien dat tweederde van de wereldbevolking, 5,1 miljard mensen, op de één of andere manier geen toegang heeft tot recht en rechtvaardigheid. Initiatieven van over de hele wereld laten zien dat het ook anders kan. Vorige week vond het jaarlijkse High Level Political Forum plaats in New York. Onder het thema “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality” was er dit jaar extra aandacht voor o.a. SDG 16. …
https://www.sdgnederland.nl, 2 mei 2019
Onlangs werd in New York het rapport Justice for Women gepresenteerd. Zowel het rapport als de discussie bij de presentatie hadden een andere toon dan gebruikelijk. Het debat over vrouwenrechten is vaak normatief, maar dit gesprek was pragmatisch van aard. Niet de veroordeling en het geheven vingertje, maar opgestroopte mouwen en een praktische insteek.
Gelijk hebben is niet hetzelfde als gelijk krijgen, dat is bekend. De vrouwenbeweging heeft gelijk, al heel lang. En we hebben de universele verklaring van de rechten van de mens, de Beijing conferenties, nationale grondwetten en vele andere nationale en regionale wetten…
This week policy makers working for equal access to justice in OECD countries will meet in Lisbon for an important policy round table. Last year’s Riga statement expressed the urgency to address the justice gap. Building on this resolve, representatives come to Lisbon to share what their countries do to realize justice for all and how they will step up their game with new strategies and actions in the next four years.
In Lisbon, the OECD will launch its report on people-centered justice services and present their work on making the case for justice for all. The white paper Building…
Program Lead, Justice for All with the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies at @nyuCIC