From Justice for the Few to Justice for All

A model for high-ambition action to deliver the SDGs

Maaike de Langen
2 min readJun 8, 2023


Ahead of the second SDG Summit, this challenge paper explores the movement for people-centered justice and the lessons that can be learned for accelerated implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

People-centered justice is a critical component to delivering the Sustainable Development Goals. In this paper, we explore ways to accelerate implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Have a look at the UN Foundation website to read the full challenge paper and an interview about the paper.

About the Authors

Kelechi Achinonu is a Nigerian lawyer, UN Foundation Next Generation Fellow for Justice, Regional Head of HiiL’s Justice Accelerator West Africa, and a Young Justice Leader at the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies. She is also the founder of a media tech platform, Techlawyered.

Akingbolahan Adeniran is a former state attorney-general and national rule of law advisor in Nigeria. He previously worked in several capacities with the UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals and International Criminal Court. As an independent rule of law consultant, he is part of the Justice Action Coalition Task Team that advises on the Coalition’s operationalization.

Maaike de Langen works for people-centered justice, hopeful multilateralism, and everything ombuds. She co-drafted the Justice for All report, directed the Pathfinders for Justice Program, and now leads the Justice Action Coalition Task Team. She is Senior Fellow at NYU-CIC and worked for the Dutch National Ombudsman, UNDP, and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

David Steven is a Senior Fellow at the UN Foundation where he works on the future of multilateralism. He co-founded the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, was founding director of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, and was senior adviser to and co-author of the UN/World Bank flagship report on violence prevention, Pathways for Peace.



Maaike de Langen

Working for people-centered justice and a responsive rule of law, writing and thinking about a better UN, hopeful multilateralism and everything ombuds.