The Global Goals - A Win for our Community

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 ahead. Now is the time for pragmatic, actionable next steps. The adoption of the new Global Goals marked the end of a three year process proclaimed as the most inclusive in the United Nations’ 70 year history. Over 11 million citizens shared their opinions and…

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I would be really interested to hear people’s reactions to the new Global Goals and how you think it will impact your work? What discussions are happening at the national level? Has the media been reporting on the Global Goals in your country since they were adopted last week? Are there any resources which would help you to use the Global Goals to advance your work? @marlonmanuel @AngoteGertrude would you have any thoughts

For me am interested in how the grass root paralegal and the community at large can participate in the development of the National and international indicators for goal 16 and what are the entry levels for their participation…

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Thank you @mustafa_mahmoud I would love to hear more on what role you think that community paralegals would want to play in this or what capacity they would have (in terms of workload, technical skill and interest). In terms of the current global indicators, there are limited opportunities to still influence this process, I am off to Thailand for for a meeting on the global indicators and will be advocating for the following indicator on access to justice for target 16.3 “Proportion of those who have experienced a dispute in the past 12 months who have accessed a formal, informal, alternative or traditional dispute resolution mechanism and who feel it was just”. While this is in no way perfect it will ensure that perception data is collected and through proper disaggregation of the data see any sections of society that are being unfairly affected. Kenya has supported this indicator and the Africa Group will be pushing for this indicator to be adopted. I am attaching a paper on the rational for this indicator.

The global indicator is really the first step and indicators at this level are limited. We are very interested in pushing for indicators which will look % of population with access to independent legal services providers (paralegals) and the regulatory framework which ensures paralegals independence and several more. It would be good to talk more after this meeting once I have a better idea of what the global picture is and how that may influence the national context.

Open Letter - survey indicators in Goal 16.pdf (365.6 KB) Meta Data Table for G16.3.docx (17.1 KB)


@staceycram thanks for the informative piece. I honestly like the document on meta data and I sure will discuss with the paralegals one of them already in this thread @Purity_Wadegu to give us their own perspective of how they can contribute to the discussion. In addition, during the legal identify workshop on the indicators, the issue of dignity was raised by many participants and the understanding was that it is not all about the number of persons registered but also what processes did he go through during the application, was it discriminatory? Another on the same issue was, whether the document added any value to the applicant for example issuing a birth written on “stateless or refugee” does it add value to the applicant or will it further discriminate him and subject him to trauma. To be honest this is tricky to measure, but its worth thinking about, is it all about being registered or the value of registration?

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