Development gains at risk without rule of law in Post-2015 agenda | Magdy Martinez-Soliman

04 Jun 2013

woman waiting for legal help A woman waits to be served by one of UNDP Iraq’s Access to Justice legal help desks in Erbil, Northern Iraq. (Photo: UNDP Iraq)

Rule of law is part of the structure of all societies. It reflects the shared notion that human dignity and justice matter, and that institutions and behaviours need to be geared towards the respect of such dignity, justice and fairness.

Our field experience showcases how important well-structured justice systems and the rule of law are to deliver social services effectively and fight corruption.  Development without citizen’s participation and public accountability tends to be short-lived and fragile with a higher risk of corruption, repression and social conflict. Our role is to reinforce collaborations to support our national partners in their efforts to provide a more inclusive and just future for those in need.

Accelerating progress in the remaining 1,000 days to the MDG’s target date is key. We are also supporting a global and open conversation on how the next development agenda should look after 2015 by engaging with people around the world. The energy and interest they are unleashing is unprecedented. People want to be heard. They want to have a say in setting the agenda, monitoring results and holding public officials accountable.

For example, parliamentarians and civil society organizations in Dhaka and Manila, as well as national consultations with civil society in Morocco, call for the new development agenda to be aligned with human rights standards and accountability mechanisms, such as the Universal Periodic Review.

Citizens’ participation to the conversation is possible in various ways: 11 thematic blogs, 100 national consultations, and an innovative online survey allow people to vote and select  priority areas for the next set of goals. A first assessment of the online survey, which has already received 700,000 votes, reveals a strong demand for more responsive and honest governments. This priority ranks third and is echoed in the national and thematic consultations currently wrapping up around the world.
Talk to us: Where are open and responsive institutions on your list of priorities for the future you want?

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