Justice is at the heart of the 2030 Development Agenda. It cuts across the Sustainable Development Goals. World leaders need to be held to account for their SDG commitments and deliver justice for all. This is why The Elders are launching a new programme on Access to Justice because without justice, the SDGs cannot be achieved. programme.
The event will be live-streamed here from 17:00 GMT+1 on 7 February.
The Access to Justice programme lays out four areas of concern for delivering justice for all. These are:
- Delivering access to justice is critical to the full implementation of SDG 16 and the wider 2030 Development Agenda;
- Legal systems must be reformed and modernised so they are responsive, innovative, inclusive, people-centred and uphold human rights;
- Independent legal support, such as community-based paralegals, should be supported to help citizens navigate systems and find practical, timely solutions;
- Violence against women and girls must be addressed urgently as a profound global injustice, by political, traditional and religious leaders.
Throughout the programme, The Elders will amplify the voices of grassroots activists and civil society, such as the Sparks of Hope, and engage with heads of state and policymakers to help drive development, social justice and economic growth. The time is right for a new push to deliver justice for all.
Prayer for Justice
Grant us, Lord God, a vision of your world as your love would have it:
a world where the weak are protected, and none go hungry or poor;
a world where the riches of creation are shared, and everyone can enjoy them;
a world where different races and cultures live in harmony and mutual respect;
a world where peace is built with justice, and justice is guided by love.
Give us the inspiration and courage to build it, through Jesus Christ our Lord.