Promoting the rule of law through Global Citizenship Education

The stakes

Addressing today's challenges to peace, justice and the rule of law is of vital concern for many societies across the world, notably in response to recent backlashes in this field that undermine human rights and fundamental freedoms. To promote the rule of law through education, UNODC's Education for Justice (E4J) initiative partnered with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Entitled "UNESCO/UNODC Initiative on Global Citizenship Education: Doing the right thing", this partnership will help education professionals design and implement educational interventions that equip learners with the knowledge, attitudes and skills to constructively and responsibly engage in society. This includes upholding the principle of justice and helping build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.


By strengthening the capacities of policymakers, curriculum developers, teacher trainers and educators, the partnership aims to empower learners to engage in society as constructive and ethically responsible agents of change, supporting justice and strong institutions. This, in turn, will enhance societies' resilience to crime, violence and corruption thereby promoting the rule of law and fostering a culture of lawfulness.

A set of tools and activities will be developed under the partnership, pooling both organizations' expertise on education, the rule of law and crime prevention. These include guidance material for policymakers, toolkits for primary and secondary level educators, and capacity-building workshops based on these developed resources. In addition, the partnership will further promote the prevention of violent extremism through education.


These activities are being implemented in the framework of UNESCO's ongoing work relating to Global Citizenship Education and are designed to support the Education for Justice (E4J) initiative, a component of UNODC's Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration. The partnership directly contributes to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 4 (in particular target 4.7) calling for quality education, and Goal 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions.