On June 12th, 2018, the Justice For All campaign has launched monthly coalition calls as an opportunity for campaign members to connect regularly on ways to advance funding and protection for grassroots justice defenders in their communities. Scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month, participants can learn about what’s coming up at the global level, share updates on what’s happening at the national level, learn how to get more involved, and ask questions directly to the campaign team and other grassroots campaigners.
Here were some key highlights from the June 2018 coalition call:
Global Campaign Updates:
- The 5th Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit will be taking place in Tbilisi, Georgia, on July 17-19, 2018. Register here. The Global Legal Empowerment Network will be calling for increased funding and protection for grassroots justice defenders by securing new justice commitments in revised OGP National Action Plans. In case you missed it, a recent webinar on Access to Justice and the OGP can be accessed here.
- The High-level Political Forum is taking place from July 9th to 18th at the United Nations in New York. While Sustainable Development Goal 16 will not be reviewed in depth this year, it is scheduled to be highlighted in 2019. We plan to attend and engage with partner organizations to generate momentum for next year’s conversations and reporting. If your country is submitting a Voluntary National Review report this year, it’s not too late to meet with your government contacts to ensure that access to justice is included in its report.
- Since 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the report by the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor (CLEP) and Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, we have partnered with The Elders to Walk Together for Justice For All. We encourage everyone host their own walks for justice for all in the coming weeks!
Highlights from Coalition Members:
- The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has called on countries to sign the Escazú Agreement, the first regional environmental treaty within the region and the first with binding provisions on environmental justice defenders. It will open for signatures in September during the UN General Assembly in New York this September.
- A new government-funded legal education program was recently announced in Mongolia. The government is also working on their OGP National Action Plan, and efforts are underway to include this legal empowerment efforts as an access to justice commitment in it.
- Progress in Sierra Leone has been slow due to a change in government, but leaders of the new government have made several unofficial commitments to justice.
- Through a network of regional experts throughout Asia, Taiwanese lawyers and NGOs are receiving training on refugee status determination.
- Based on feedback from its grantees, Open Society Foundation will be focusing on providing support for grantmakers and grantees around the topics of human-centered design, technology, and innovative financing through the Shared Framework.
Ways to Get Involved This Month:
- Register to attend the OGP Global Summit.
- Learn how you can engage the OGP National Action Plan process.
- Host a Walk Together for Justice For All in July. Instructions provided here.
- Sign the Declaration of Villa Inflamable for Access to Justice and Legal Empowerment for All.
We encourage all network members interested in connecting on the Justice For All campaign to join our next call. Hope to speak to many of you then!