Post-2015 Agenda

September 25, 2018

Help Us Demand Justice For All at the United Nations

by Vivek Maru in Network Dispatch, Post-2015 Agenda

We live in challenging times. While the movement for legal empowerment is stronger than ever, so are the forces working to stymie access to justice across the globe. Today, we have a unique opportunity to change that, by making justice for all a central issue for world leaders gathered at the UN General Assembly. We…

February 21, 2018

Justice For All Campaign Launches on World Social Justice Day

by Stacey Cram in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News, Post-2015 Agenda

In 2015, 193 countries agreed to make “access to justice for all” one of the goals for achieving sustainable development by 2030. This marked a huge shift in global thinking. But that thinking has not been matched by action. When the 17 goals were announced, most were accompanied by major financial commitments: $956 million from…

August 17, 2016

Why Norway Should Lead a Global Fund for Legal Empowerment

by Vivek Maru in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Governance, Post-2015 Agenda

This article was originally published in the Norwegian news outlet, Aftenposten, on August 12, 2016. The Norwegian version can be read here.    Since World War II many countries have come to respect fundamental liberties, at least by the letter of the law. But for billions of people around the world those laws aren’t worth…

July 14, 2016

Measuring progress on peace and justice: New global data site for SDG16

by The SDG16 Data Alliance in Post-2015 Agenda

Press Release United Nations, July 14, 2016 – A coalition of international organizations today launched an online initiative to chart progress on one of the most challenging of the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the commitment to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies” in all parts of the world, with measurable objectives in specific…

June 13, 2016

Four Ways Regional Bodies Can Help Deliver SDG Justice Commitments

by Temitayo O. Peters, Global Legal Advocacy Fellow, Namati in Post-2015 Agenda

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) differ from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in many ways. Unlike the MDGs, the SDGs universally apply to all countries, and are holistic and integrated. Moreover, their delivery is to be achieved by governments, civil society, and the private sector working together to achieve their success. The SDGs also recognize…

January 6, 2016

OpEd: Access to justice for all? Now that would be a measurably good thing

by Vivek Maru and Stacey Cram in Post-2015 Agenda

When a housing programme in the Indian state of Haryana guaranteed land to impoverished families in Raniyala, a village in Mewat district, it seemed like welcome news. Instead, government officials seized the land and refused to hear the villagers’ objections. Could a newly agreed global framework support this community and others fighting injustice? Of the…

October 19, 2015

Far West Nepal Celebrates Access to Justice in the Global Goals

by Prabhakar Bagchand in Multimedia, Post-2015 Agenda

Members of Nepal’s marginalized Dalit community in Ghuinyaghat, Dhangadhi Kailali in the Far West of Nepal celebrated the inclusion of Access to Justice targets in the Sustainable Development Goals amidst lots of fan-fare on Saturday, October 17, 2015. The celebration coincided with Rural Women’s Day. Community members linked the justice targets of the global goals to…

October 6, 2015

Justice in the Global Development Goals – We Won!

by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News, Network Dispatch, Post-2015 Agenda

    Last week our community won a historic victory. Justice is in the new global development goals.  The original Millennium Development Goals, issued in 2000, were laudable, but they left out law and justice altogether. Our community came together to argue that justice should be at the heart of development. Many officials said this…

October 6, 2015

The Global Goals – A Win for our Community

by Stacey Cram in Post-2015 Agenda

On September 25th 2015 the new 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by 193 countries at the United National General Assembly. Tackling injustice has been placed at the heart of this framework. While we must celebrate the substantial gains made by the Justice 2015 Campaign, we cannot under estimate the challenges that lie…

October 1, 2015

Measuring Land Rights for a Sustainable Future

by Kaitlin Y. Cordes and Jeffrey D. Sachs in Land & Natural Resources, Post-2015 Agenda

Land rights, both for individuals and for communities, are critical for achieving sustainable development. Security of land tenure and other rights to the land (sometimes held communally rather than individually) can accelerate poverty reduction, strengthen food security, and empower women. Land rights can reduce resource conflicts, as well as encourage the responsible use of natural resources. As…

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