The developments of prisoner rehabilitation programmes in Palestine – a special CCPCJ side event
May 22, 2019

The developments of prisoner rehabilitation programmes in Palestine - a special CCPCJ side event

An important factor in the promotion of a culture of lawfulness,  Prisoner Rehabilitation is one of the four components of  the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, working around the world on an array of projects which prepare prisoners for life after incarceration.

In the State of Palestine, the Global Programme has launched an advanced Technical, Vocation and Educational Training (TVET) programme, which will teach and certify male prisoners on electrical installations in Jericho.

To highlight and discuss this important work and the possibility of replicating such initiatives across the state, the Global Programme has held a special side event during the  28  th Commission for Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, taking place this week in Vienna.

Strengthening the rule of law through education – a special CCPCJ side event
May 20, 2019

Strengthening the rule of law through education - a special CCPCJ side event

It has long been established that the earlier education starts on certain subjects, such as civic rights and duties, the better children tend to absorb the lessons.  UNODC's Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration works tirelessly to promote a culture of lawfulness, in particular to younger generations through the  Education for Justice (E4J) initiative, and in partnership with established education experts such as  UNESCO.

In the latest event they convened jointly to continue advancing this important educational agenda, E4J and UNESCO have kicked off their participation at the  28 th Commission for Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice with a main side event focusing on strengthening the rule of law through education, the subject of their  joint guide for policymakers published this year.

The Zorbs, Ambassadors of Peace, Justice and Rule of Law, received by UNODC Executive Director
May 16, 2019

The Zorbs, Ambassadors of Peace, Justice and Rule of Law, received by UNODC Executive Director

A particularly colourful delegation visited the Vienna International Centre this week, to present its credentials to Yury Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director and Director-General of the  United Nations Office in Vienna.  The Zorbs, whose own planet fell into a terrible conflict, travelled to Planet Earth so they could help the children of the world understand the many dangers which can jeopardize peace.

Mr. Fedotov welcomed The Zorbs on their first official visit and accepted their credentials as Ambassadors of Peace, Justice and the Rule of Law. "You have the honour of representing UNODC and leading by example," he told his special guests. "I fully support you in your work."

Guaranteeing an independent and efficient judiciary through training
May 8, 2019

Guaranteeing an independent and efficient judiciary through training

Being a judge in our current society is enormously complex. We are required not only to be good judges, who are in continuous training, but also to be close to the citizens and societal problems. We must demonstrate impartiality, independence, courtesy, diligence, responsibility and a constant commitment to public exemplariness that transmits security and confidence in the judiciary to society as a whole. We must awaken in ourselves a special sensitivity to many issues in our daily lives that, in some way, could compromise our jurisdictional function.

Only with these virtues will citizens understand that their subjective rights are being defined in a serene, reflective and profound manner. 

Having their say on SDG16, youth tell E4J how to continue empowering them
April 25, 2019

Having their say on SDG16, youth tell E4J how to continue empowering them

"You are never too young to lead, and never too old to learn," once remarked the late United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, an observation which many young people around the world are eagerly adopting as a mantra, leading by example and making officials and policymakers take notice.

This month, hundreds of young people gathered in New York City for ECOSOC's (United Nations Economic and Social Council) annual Youth Forum, modelled after the High-Level Political Forum - which reviews the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

This year, participating youth's focus was on several SDGs including goal 16, which is the remit of UNODC.