Law 360: UN’s Access To Justice Effort Gains Steam Despite Hurdles


By RJ Vogt

(Photo: Ayano Hisa)

In September 2015, the United Nations unanimously set 17 goals to end extreme poverty by 2030. Part of the U.N.’s Agenda for Sustainable Development, the goals included one that called on the world to “provide access to justice for all.”

Last week, foreign leaders from across the planet convened in New York to discuss their progress on that goal, known as SDG16. From Liechtenstein to Timor Leste to Liberia, many country representatives noted the challenges they’ve faced trying to bridge a global justice gap that affects 5.2 billion people.

As Gabriela Ramos, chief of staff for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, remarked during the Sept. 24 “Decade of Action” event, achieving access to justice for all is a complex objective.

“Because it has to do with good governance, governance that is accountable, effective and competent,” she said, “it is not an easy task.”

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