There are many aspects to crime worldwide, many of which were discussed and considered by hundreds of experts during the 28 th Session of the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, held this week in Vienna. Like the other components of the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, the Judicial Integrity initiative was active in numerous discussions and held side events to consider specific aspects having great impact on justice, namely judicial independence and gender and diversity.
In all these aspects related to judicial integrity, the Global Judicial Integrity Network plays an important role in creating a space for discussion and for sharing experiences and resources.
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.
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.
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."
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.