This new report from the Pathfinders Task Force on Justice is one of the most notable and comprehensive additions to legal empowerment literature since the Report of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor in 2009 - now 10 years ago. The report was launched at the World Justice Forum on April 29th and offers eye-opening new research that says over 5 billion people live without access to justice, while justice systems fail to resolve problems of 1.5 billion people in rich and poor countries across the globe.
We see this report as an important step towards acknowledging and addressing the severe justice gap that is present for the large majority of the world’s population. And we are certainly not alone - here are articles on the launch of the report from The Guardian, The Independent, and New York University, to name just a few who agree. Namati’s @cocolammers is present at the launch in the Hague and she will be posting about highlights upon her return (you can also watch the video from the official launch here).
From the overview:
At the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development lies a vision of a “just, equitable, tolerant, open and socially inclusive world in which the needs of the most vulnerable are met.” Justice is a thread that runs through all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Without increased justice, the world will not be able to end poverty, reduce inequality, reach the furthest behind first, create conditions for shared and sustainable poverty, or promote peace and inclusion.
SDG16.3 promises to ensure equal access to justice for all by 2030. Other targets cover legal identity, injustices such as corruption and illicit financial flows, and the promotion of rights and gender equality.
The Task Force on Justice – an initiative of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies – has explored the delivery of these targets in a world where billions of people are not yet able to obtain justice.
Drawing on research by the world’s leading justice organizations and experts, this report provides a first estimate of the global justice gap. It makes the case for shifting from a model that provides justice only for the few, to one that delivers measurable improvements in justice for all.
In the past, justice reforms have often focused on institutions that are distant from people and fail to serve their needs. The Task Force proposes a different approach, putting people at the center of justice systems and justice at the heart of sustainable development.
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We will be discussing highlights of the report elsewhere on our forum in the coming weeks and months as the UN High Level Political Forum approaches, but please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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