Access to Justice: Development’s Missing Ingredient

Written by George Soros, writing on the Open Society Foundations:

“How can we eradicate global poverty and deliver sustainable development for all?

That is the question that governments are now considering at the United Nations in the process that will determine the world’s post-2015 development priorities.

As head of a global network of foundations that provides almost $1 billion of funding every year to civil society groups around the world, I care about development very much. And I welcome the UN’s stated commitment that this process “should also promote peace and security, democratic governance, the rule of law, gender equality, and human rights for all.”

These are issues that are at the heart of our work at the Open Society Foundations, and they are vital to peace and development.

But when UN members drew up the current set of measurable global development targets in 2000, they didn’t include goals for the rule of law, or governance. The skeptics argued that these things were too political, they infringed on sovereignty, or they couldn’t be measured.”

Click here to read the full post. Click here to read the associated publication “Justice 2015: Appeal to Member States of the UN General Assembly”, endorsed by eminent figures such as George Soros, Mary Robinson, and Madeleine Albright, calling for the inclusion of Justice in the post-2015 development framework.


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