New Delhi, India / 9 December 2019. Observing the International Anti-Corruption Day 2019, UNODC South Asia engaged with over 5000 students and educators from Delhi, Gurugram and Bengaluru to strengthen youth action against corruption. Extending support to UNODC's Education for Justice Initiative (E4J), schools convened a range of interactive activities, pledge drives, skits and workshops to sensitise students on corruption and its impact of society.
The world is not stationary: it is forever-changing, and we are changing with it. The rule of law does not necessarily mean that we will be utilizing a perfect system of laws which can be applicable anytime, anywhere; new laws are written, some laws become obsolete, and others are adapted. Ideally, in a perfect world, the rule of law should guarantee a continuous pursuit of our evolution on what is just or unjust, what is right or wrong, and what is moral or immoral. Rule of law and its promotion means that despite the system's imperfections, we try to make a world a better place where we have equal opportunities for freedom, education, and life itself, and where justice can actually be served.
Academic conferences present scholars with opportunities not just to exchange important ideas, but also to question and challenge them; through this dynamic process, theories are worked and reworked, eventually forming a solid framework that applies in practice, beyond theory. For the Education for Justice (E4J) initiative, a component of the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, such interactive conferences are an essential step in UNODC's drive to fulfil the internationally-agreed Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG16 for peace, justice and strong institutions which falls under UNODC's remit.
When the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child thirty years ago today, it quickly became the most ratified international human rights treaty in history, now signed by 196 countries. This comprehensive document, addressing both the rights of children and the responsibilities of Governments to enable and protect these rights, explicitly details over 54 articles of a wide variety of rights all children automatically enjoy, regardless of where or when they are born; these include every basic human right, whose universal application should ensure a drastic improvement in our collective quality of life. When children are knowledgeable about their rights, they also have a deeper understanding of their role in society, and of the role they each play in contributing to making the world a better and safer place.
After spending two days in a closed space designing a computer programme, most people would look and feel exhausted; but for 25 secondary school students who had come to Washington, D.C. this week to do just that, no amount of fatigue could begin to overshadow the excitement and sense of achievement they felt.
Invited to the event by the Education for Justice (E4J) initiative (a component of the UNODC's Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration) to participate in a special hackathon co-organized with the World Bank and Africa Teen Geeks, these students came from Bulgaria, India, Mexico, South Africa and Tunisia to develop software solutions to one of six challenges posed by the organizers, revolving around Sustainable Development Goal 16 (targeting peace, justice and strong institutions) and rule of law.