Sustainable development needs to be based on the rule of law and on access to justice, so that all people, including the marginalised, can benefit.
In many countries, criminal justice systems are unfair and discriminatory. They cause, drive and deepen poverty, hinder social and economic progress, and progress towards the UN Millennium Development Goals.
The MDGs set specific targets in eight major areas, which galvanised efforts to reduce poverty. However, while they acknowledged the multiple dimensions of poverty, they paid very little attention to inequality or social injustice, and failed to reflect the enjoyment of universal human rights as a foundation for sustainable development..
We are seeking raise awareness about the interrelations between criminal justice, the rule of law and development, and advocate for the rule of law to be included in the post-2015 development agenda.
Read our statement to the 128th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in March 2013, which outlines the ways in which access to justice, as well as protecting human rights and the rule of law, promote development.
We will be attending and contributing expertise and experience at the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, to be held in Qatar in 2015. The main theme of the congress will be: ‘Integrating crime prevention and criminal justice into the wider United Nations agenda to address social and economic challenges and to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels, and public participation’.
Resolution adopted on 26 April 2013 by the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, The rule of law, crime prevention and criminal justice in the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015
Delivering justice: programme of action to strengthen the rule of law at the national and international levels, Report of the Secretary-General, 16 March 2012, A/66/749
Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels, 30 November 2012, A/RES/67/1