The future of global development is being decided now. At the UN, countries are discussing what should replace the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015. The original MDGs were laudable, but targets for justice were left out.
If the new development framework fails to empower people to understand and use the law, billions will be left behind – that’s why we urgently need to let world leaders hear our voices.
Read and endorse the open letter to the United Nations here.
We are sending an open letter to the UN General Assembly asking that justice be central to the new development goals.
We are asking governments to commit to five things: guarantee the right to information, provide universal access to legal identity, respect rights to land and property, allow participation in the implementation of law and policy, and provide fair and effective legal services.
These priorities grew out of a month-long dialogue with our network, which now includes 300 organizations dedicated to legal empowerment from every region of the world.
People like George Soros, Mary Robinson, Madeleine Albright, Hernando Cardoso and Mo Ibrahim have joined us in calling for these targets. We are now asking all members of our network to do so as well.
Many of us stand up for justice with the people and institutions immediately around us. Each of those efforts is part of a common, human struggle, and once in a while there is a chance to stand up together.
This is one of those times. Our community represents some of the most dedicated advocates for justice in the world. If we can persuade our governments now, we can place justice at the heart of global development.
Speak Up For Justice!
Please share with everyone in your network. Together we can put the law in people’s hands.
Vivek, Abby, Paul, Faustina, Marlon, Maja, Clifford, and the whole Namati team