Translation builds bridges and partnerships are core for advancing the Sustainable Development Goal 16 - these were the two core messages of the virtual ceremony to thank the students and their professors for their outstanding support provided to the E4J initiative by using their skills and knowledge in translating the E4J University Modules on Organized Crime, Cybercrime, Wildlife Crime and Anti-Corruption into Spanish.
The support received from UPC, their professors and students, is undoubtedly of paramount importance and effectiveness to the very core of the E4J's own objective: bridging the gap between academia and the United Nations..
With an infinite curiosity and a predilection for voicing honest opinions, children tend to enjoy the mental exercise of ranking their favourite things. For the past two months, they were given the opportunity to watch short movies online and to vote on their preferences in the Takorama Film Festival, designed by the association Films pour enfants to engage children around the world with stimulating subjects and appealing animations.
This unique festival has accompanied children in various situations of COVID-19 lockdown and social distancing confinement, exposing them to artistic contributions which tackle solidarity, tolerance and respect for others - subjects which form an integral part of the work of Education for Justice, an initiative of UNODC's Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration.
The UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia organized a webinar jointly with the Anti-corruption Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan on best practices for promoting ethics and integrity through education. Such educational tools on issues related to the prevention of corruption and the promotion of ethics and integrity are produced within UNODC's Education for Justice (E4J) initiative.
The event gathered representatives from the Ministry of Education and Science, heads of the regional administrations of education and territorial departments of the Agency, as well as experts from the UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia. The webinar focused on the discussion of best practices for promoting a culture of non-acceptance of corruption among children and youth, as well as the empowerment and activation of social participation in countering this phenomenon.
As the COVID-19 crisis may lead to an erosion of trust in public services and governments, urgent questions should also be asked about how measures to prevent its spread can adversely affect the rule of law and human rights. UNESCO and UNODC stress the importance of education which teaches awareness of human rights and ultimately helps build more equal, sustainable and inclusive societies and economies that are more resilient in the face of crisis.