Under t he Education for Justice (E4J) initiative of UNODC's Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, the Conference Support Section of the Organized Crime Branch participated in an Expert Consultation Meeting organized in the context of the UNESCO/UNODC partnership on "Global Citizenship Education for a culture of lawfulness", held on 15-16 March at UNESCO headquarters in Paris (France). The Partnership aims to strengthen the capacities of education systems - and in particular of policymakers, educators and teachers - to plan and undertake education activities that promote the rule of law. It includes empowering and equipping learners to engage as constructive and ethically responsible agents of change, supporting peace, justice and strong institutions, as well as being motivated and capable to engage responsibly in the face of crime and violence.
The meeting was attended by educators, policymakers and experts in various fields of prevention, in addition to technical and programme teams from UNESCO and UNODC. A key objective of the meeting was to inform the development of a guidance document for education policymakers that outlines the role of education in the promotion of the rule of law and effective approaches/actions to support education systems to respond to this challenge. This partnership contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular to Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 16 calling for quality education and building peace, justice and strong institutions.