Global Dialogue on the Rule of Law and the Post-2015 Development AgendaSep 26, 2013
The rule of law, justice and security are vital to democratic governance and poverty eradication in all countries. But when the rule of law is weak, or not an underlying principle of governance, stability can disappear, the legitimacy of the state is compromised and the delivery of basic social services suffers. Strengthening the rule of law and security institutions, such as police, as well as promoting effective, responsive, accessible and fair justice systems enables the poor and marginalized groups to have their voices heard, to exercise their rights, increase access to basic services and to enhance their opportunities and livelihoods.
There is a growing call for including rule of law targets in the next global development agenda. In preparation for such discussions, and to mark the occasion of the anniversary of the 2012 Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels, the Governments of Mexico, the Kingdom of Denmark, the Republic of Senegal, and the Republic of Turkey, in partnership with UNDP, co-hosted a Global Dialogue on Rule of Law and the Post-2015 Development Agenda in New York on 26-27 September 2013.
The event opened with a High-Level Plenary Session where Ministers from the co-hosting countries, as well as leading thinkers and practitioners, discussed how rule of law can support equitable and just outcomes of development, and reflected on how best to support the inclusion of rule of law in the post-2015 development agenda. Issues on the agenda included transparency and accountability, access to justice and an independent judiciary, legal empowerment of the poor, conflict resolution and violence reduction, and universal legal citizens’ identification.