As the main United Nations platform on sustainable development, the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) is an annual gathering of Member States designed to follow-up and review the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As in previous years, HLPF 2020 offers a platform to debate issues impacting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including successes and challenges; however, unlike former gatherings, this year has seen a largely virtual format, in response to COVID-19.
Gender bias manifests itself in many ways, both subtle and obvious. In some cases, the bias is so blatant and damaging to the integrity of the judicial system that disciplinary action is appropriate. In other cases, the bias may be unconscious and unarticulated, but still exert an improper influence over legal proceedings. While disciplinary action may not be warranted, it is important to recognize and address the threat that gender bias - even if unconscious - poses to judicial integrity and the fairness of judicial decisions.
After independence, Montenegro adopted its constitution in 2007. The highest legal act of an independent and sovereign state of Montenegro, for the first time, stipulated that Montenegro was a state based on the rule of law. It is this constitutional determination that has directed our country to make fundamental changes to its own state system, in order to create democratic state institutions dedicated to the protection and respect of human rights and the fight against all forms of crimes.