In the 2021 Kyoto Declaration, Member States endeavored to “take measures to ensure access to […] Legal Aid for those without sufficient means or when the interests of justice so require, and raise awareness of the availability of such Aid, including by promoting the practical application of relevant provisions of the United Nations Principles and Guidelines on access to legal aid in criminal justice systems.” The event for the Commemoration of the 10-year Anniversary of these Principles and Guidelines aims at bringing together high-level representatives and substantive experts from Member States to discuss the strategic importance of equal access to legal aid in criminal justice systems for sustainable development and creating peaceful and prosperous societies, particularly for groups facing structural impediments. It will provide an opportunity to take stock globally on progress since the Instrument’s Adoption and highlight successful practices from across regions.
UNODC Executive Director, Ms. Ghada WALY - Statement
Secretary of Justice, Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Argentina, Mr. Juan Martin MENA - Video Statement
To consult the UN Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid, click here.
Flyer composed of the banner of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the banner of the Sustainable Development Goals Summit, with the title of the event and the list of speakers.