Good governance and rule of law
The Government and the UN System acknowledge the importance of governance and institutional reform for sustainable development, in line with the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which emphasize improving access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. In this regard, they have agreed on two outcomes for the period 2016-2020 under the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF):
By 2020, the quality of public administration is improved for equitable access to quality public services for all, and legal and judicial reforms further ensure strong protection of rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of citizens
Achievement of this first outcome will entail close collaboration in such areas as:
- Supporting further public administration reform, through strengthening of Government capacity to formulate evidence-based strategies for swift, steady increases in public administration effectiveness at all levels, and introducing of a more transparent, professional system of civil service;
- Enhancing public-private partnerships with the participation of civil society organizations, especially those representing vulnerable groups, and of the media in development processes, including policymaking and implementation.
- Ensuring access to quality public services through integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the principles of innovative public management via e-government. The UN System supports the strengthening of capacities of State authorities and public administration bodies to enhance people’s access to information, while also helping to ensure the transparency of activities and citizen participation in Government decisions.
Meanwhile, joint engagement on implementation of the second outcome will focus on such areas as:
- Further strengthening judicial independence and enhancing court administration, as well as promoting child-sensitive justice and courts: The UN System will support the development of policies, institutional and procedural mechanisms to further strengthen judicial independence, aimed not only at enhancing court administration but also at increasing public trust in courts. Special focus also will be given to the enhancement of legal procedures to ensure courts are better applying child-sensitive procedures.
- Support to implementation of the country’s obligations under international Conventions and UN treaty bodies: The UN System will work with partners on enhancing alignment between the system for harmonization of national legislation and law enforcement, and ratified UN Conventions. This includes support to development and implementation of national action plans on follow-up to accepted recommendations of the Universal Periodic Review and UN treaty bodies.