Ensuring justice for all is a global challenge with over five billion people estimated to lack meaningful access to justice. This challenge is particularly acute in conflict-affected countries. To address these challenges, the Secretariat of the g7+ will host a Ministerial-level meeting on “Access to Justice for All in Conflict-Affected Countries” in The Hague, the Netherlands, from 19-20 June 2019. USC’s Rule of Law Collaborative (ROLC) is providing logistical and substantive support, while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is providing financial support. In addition to Ministers from the twenty g7+ Member States, the meeting will be attended by development partners and representatives from civil society.
The Access to Justice for All in Conflict-Affected Countries ministerial meeting is an invitation-only event for the Ministers of Justice/Attorney Generals of the g7+ countries. The meeting will be an opportunity to share experiences among g7+ Member States of innovative models that have succeeded in delivering enhanced access to justice in g7+ countries and others.
The meeting will employ both plenary discussions aimed at identifying common challenges and opportunities as well as interactive peer to peer learning sessions organized around various thematic topics. The final outcome of the two-day meeting will be a joint Action Plan agreed upon by the g7+ ministers in attendance to be presented at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development held at the United Nations in July 2019.
The g7+ countries are committed to addressing Strategic Development Goal 16, which aims to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. The Ministerial Meeting supports their work by focusing on SDG 16.3: Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all.
USC’s Rule of Law Collaborative (ROLC) is providing logistical and substantive support.