To help spread and protect the rule of law, we need  the Global Judicial Integrity Network
April 9, 2018

To help spread and protect the rule of law, we need the Global Judicial Integrity Network

When judges in every country are able to access pertinent legal and judicial resources, to study good practices and to review a multitude of other materials put at their disposition by UNODC, within a network affording them the opportunity to directly liaise and confer with their peers in other jurisdictions, their individual efforts in fighting corruption and in protecting judicial integrity are immediately reinforced by the power of consensus and sustained by the strength of its universality.

Ultimately, and more importantly, these steps will protect people's right to justice. As inspirational and idealistic as it may seem, this is the goal of every honourable  member of the judicial system.

Corruption, Human Rights, and Judicial Independence
April 5, 2018

Corruption, Human Rights, and Judicial Independence

In 2016, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime launched a global programme to promote a culture of lawfulness. It includes the creation of a Global Judicial Integrity Network to share best practices and lessons learned on the fundamental challenges and new questions relating to judicial integrity and the prevention of corruption.

This is an important step for the creation of a common language and a common perspective amongst different domains of the United Nations. In my capacity as Special Rapporteur, I have already expressed my full disposal to collaborate in the implementation of this programme.

Chuka, the unique video game empowering girls against gender violence
March 27, 2018

Chuka, the unique video game empowering girls against gender violence

27 March 2018 - "Chuka, Break the Silence", one of UNODC's most innovative projects, was launched to great acclaim this month, in an event which gathered educational experts, game developers, psychologists and Government representatives in Mexico City's iconic Centre of Digital Culture.

The creative, bespoke video game helps young girls develop ways to respond to psychological, physical and sexual violence,  while raising boys' awareness and helping them recognize such situations. By playing as the character Chuka, a 13-year old female YouTuber and gamer who encounters haters and monsters in a nightmare, children learn to be assertive and to take actions which help them defeat various forms of gender-based violence. 

Global Citizenship Education for a Culture of Lawfulness initiative begins its work
March 22, 2018

Global Citizenship Education for a Culture of Lawfulness initiative begins its work

The first expert consultation meeting on establishing a Global Citizenship Education for a culture of lawfulness was held in Paris last week under the auspices of UNESCO, in partnership with the Education for Justice (E4J) component of UNODC's Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration.

The meeting was attended by educators, policymakers and experts in various fields of prevention, in addition to technical and programme teams from UNODC and UNESCO. This project contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular  Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 16 calling for quality education and building peace, justice and strong institutions.

UNODC holds its first judicial integrity training workshop in anticipation of network launch
March 21, 2018

UNODC holds its first judicial integrity training workshop in anticipation of network launch

In partnership with the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN) and the Judicial College of England and Wales, UNODC's training workshop was held in Brussels this month, with participants from Jamaica, Mozambique, Brazil, the Solomon Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Uganda and Mauritius. These countries, as part of the larger group of pilots site jurisdictions which also includes Pakistan, Madagascar, Tunisia and Belize, will become the first group of trainers, initiating themselves the implementation of their learning in their respective jurisdictions.