The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched on Monday the high-level conference 'Educating for the Rule of Law' in the presence of some 350 high-ranking specialists in the field of education, justice, and policymaking.
Organized by the Education for Justice initiative, the three-day conference will showcase, explore and discuss the numerous educational tools developed together with academics around the world, which contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions - the overarching mission of UNODC) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).
Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC, who stressed the importance of initiatives like Education for Justice to achieve the SDGs, opened the Conference: "The landmark Doha Declaration adopted in 2015 at the UN Crime Congress recognized the fundamental role of education in preventing crime and strengthening the rule of law. Stepping up efforts to promote a culture of lawfulness, in line with the Doha Declaration, is key to delivering by 2030."
Addressing the conference via video message, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay spoke of the importance of cooperation in this field: "I am delighted that UNESCO has joined efforts with UNODC to encourage innovative partnerships between the education and justice sectors, and am happy to announce that UNESCO has just published, in cooperation with UNODC, two education manuals for the primary and secondary levels to empower young students to work for more just societies."