Tuesday 22 June 2021

Session 1
Opening of the 2021 Annual Meeting

7:30 - 9:00 EDT

Rule of law and human rights for development: the final push to achieving Agenda 2030


  • Stocktaking of 2020 and how we can secure a more just and accountable future for all

  • Exploring rule of law and human rights as enables of Agenda 2030

  • Acknowledging unjust systems and how digitalization, innovations and new technologies can support government accountability while building forward better post COVID-19


Moderator: Ms. Asako Okai, Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director Crisis Bureau, UNDP

7:30-8:30 Welcome and panel discussion

Mr. Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator

H.E. Mr. Hayatullah Hayat, Minister, Ministry of Interior Affairs, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
H.E. Ms. Yoko Kamikawa, Minister of Justice, Japan (video message)
H.E Ambassador Mary Elizabeth Flores Flake, Permanent Representative of Honduras to the United Nations
H.E Ambassador Yoka Brandt, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations
Mr. Alexandre Zouev, Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions, OROLSI (TBC)
Ms. Colette Rausch, Research Professor and Rule of Law, Conflict & Trauma Practitioner, Mary Hoch Center for Reconciliation


 8:30-8:50 Statements from the Floor

8:50-9.00 Closing remarks
Ms. Asako Okai, Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director Crisis Bureau, UNDP

Session 2
People Centered Security 

9:15 - 10:30 EDT

People first new approaches to putting people at the centre of security efforts


  • Showcase UNDP and partner work in the field

  • Examine new approaches and lessons learned

Moderator: Ms. Noura Hamladji, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa

9:15-9:20 Opening remarks

9:20 – 9:27 The central role of justice in establishing and monitoring people-centered security systems in Burkina Faso
H.E. Ms. Victoria Ouedraogo/Kibora, Minister of Justice, Human Rights and Civic Promotion, Keeper of the Seals,

9:27 – 9:34 Citizen centered security in Moldova
H.E. Mr. Cornel Lebedinschi, State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Moldova


9:34 – 9:41 Innovation in citizen security and human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean
H.E. Ms. Laura Chinchilla Miranda – Former President, Costa Rica (2010-2014) (video message)


9:41-9:48 Mali's local police approach and the establishment of the local Security Advisory Committees
Colonel-Major Philippe Sangare, Representative of Malian SSR Commission


9:48– 9:55 Stabilization paving the way for reintegration in Iraq
Ms. Zena Ali Ahmad, UNDP Resident Representative Iraq


9:55-10:02 People-centered security in Ukraine
Ms. Manal Fouani, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Ukraine


10:02-10:30 Discussion and closing

Session 3
Women's Transformative Power in the Justice Space 

10:45 - 12:00 EDT

Exploring how inclusive justice processes enhance trust, accountability, and secure gains for sustainable development 


  • Highlight the importance of women's roles in the justice system and transitional justice processes to develop effective and sustainable responses

  • Review the challenges and threats female leaders face in the pursuit of justice and how we can do better to support their work

  • Showcase partnerships and joint programming for better results


Katy Thompson, Head - Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights, UNDP
Sarah Douglas, Deputy Chief of Peace and Security, UN Women

10:45 – 10:55 Welcome and introduction

10:55 – 11:07 Innovative processes for improving access to justice for women
Mr. Christian Hernández Alarcón- Superior Judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Puente Piedra-Ventanilla in Peru and Member of the Gender Justice Commission of the Judicial Branch in Peru

11:07-11:14 Supporting women in the judiciary and gender equality
Ms. Makhmudova Robakhon Anvarovna, First Deputy Chairperson of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan (TBC)

11:14- 11:21 Promoting women’s leadership through survivor-centered approaches to transitional justice
Ms. Susana SáCouto, Director of the War Crimes Research Office, Washington College of Law, American University

11:21- 11:28 Legal aid services for women in Uganda
Ms. Christine Awori, Chief Executive Officer of Uganda Law Society

11:28- 11: 35 Addressing gender-based discrimination in law to advance women’s participation in the justice space
Ms. Salma Nims, Secretary-General of Jordanian National Commission for Women

11:35 – 11:50 Discussion and Q&A

11:50 – 12:00 Closing remarks
Katy Thompson, Head - Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights, UNDP
Sarah Douglas, Deputy Chief of Peace and Security, UN Women

Wednesday 23 June 2021

Session 4
Supporting Accountability for Human Rights 

7:30 - 8:45 EDT

Examining accountability mechanisms and putting human rights at the center of Agenda 2030


  • Highlighting actions from the business sector, state and civil society stakeholders in progressing human rights obligations for the 2030 Agenda

  • Reviewing how the international community can increase support to accountability mechanisms

Moderator: Ms. Catherine Fiankan-Bokonga, Senior UN Correspondent

7:30-7:35 Welcome and introduction

7:35-7:40 State accountability for human rights
H.E Dr. Shireen Mazari, Minister for Human Rights, Pakistan

7:40-7:45 Human rights for democracy
Ms. Janine Alm Ericson, State Secretary for International Development Cooperation, Sweden

7:45-7:50 Accountability for human rights as we build forward better
Ms. Nada Al-Nashif, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights

7:50-7:55 National Human Rights Institutions and National Preventative Mechanisms
Ms. Elvira Azimova, Human Rights Commissioner of Kazakhstan

7:55– 8:00 The role of the business sector and the roadmap for the next 10 years of implementation of the Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights
Mr. Dante Pesce, Chairperson of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

8:00-8:05 Challenges to accountability in Lesotho
Ms. Nessie Golakai-Gould, Deputy Resident Representative UNDP Lesotho

8:05 – 8:40 Discussion and Q&A

8:40 – 8:45 Closing

Session 5
Rule of Law in the Digital Age

9:00 - 10:15 EDT

Bridging the digital divide and investing in an inclusive and fair digital transformation


  • Explore the challenges and opportunities of digitalization and innovation in rule of Law 

  • Discussing the risks new technologies pose as well as ways to mitigate them 

  • To explore partnerships in expanding the impact of new technologies on the justice sector

Moderator: Ms. Maaike de Langen, Program Lead Justice for All, Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, NYU-CIC

9:00-9:05 Welcome and introduction

9:05-9:11 Corporate responsibility in protecting human rights and human rights impact of social media
Ms. Miranda Sissons, Director Human Rights Product Policy and Engagement, Facebook (TBC)


9:11-9:17 Virtual Caribbean Court of Justice
Hon. Mr. Justice Adrian Saunders - President of the Caribbean Court of Justice

9:17-9:23 Protecting trial fairness and judicial integrity as courts digitize
Ms. Sarah McCoubrey, UNDP Judicial Integrity Consultant


9:23-9:28 Supporting justice innovations to bridge the justice gap
Ms. Mascha Matthews, Director Business Development, The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law


9:28-9:43 Q&A and discussion

9:43-9:49 UNDP’s Digital Strategy –Leave No one Behind: Rights, opportunities, and risks
Mr. Robert Opp, Chief Digital Officer, UNDP


9:49-9:55 Online meditation courts in Georgia
Ms. Elene Orjonikidze, Tbilisi City Court Mediation Center Coordinator


9:55-10:01 COVID-19 response through MyCourt/Virtual Courts in Bangladesh
Mr. Sudipto Mukerjee, Resident Representative UNDP Bangladesh


10:01-10:15 Q&A and closing

Session 6
Closing of the 2021 Annual Meeting: Justice Futures, Systemic Racism, and Inequalities

10:30 - 11:45 EDT

Addressing the inheritance of injustice and preventing inequalities for future generations


  • Exploring social justice movements centered on systemic weaknesses and inequalities in our societies that COVID-19 both laid bare and exacerbated

  • Rethinking how we conceptualize justice and what systemic change would mean for future generations and our work

  • Reviewing emerging trends, opportunities, and challenges within the justice field today

Moderator: Mr. George Conway, Deputy Director, Crisis Bureau, UNDP

10:30 – 10:35 Welcome and introduction

10:35 – 10:42 Scanning the justice horizon
Ms. Leanne McKay, Rule of Law and Justice Advisor

10:42 – 10:49 Justice and social protest movements
Mr. Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association (TBC)

10:49 – 10:56 The health injustices and inequalities brought to the fore by the COVID-19 pandemic
Ms. Mandeep Dhaliwal, Director HIV, Health and Development Group, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP

10:56– 11:03 The impact of inequalities on citizens’ security and safety in Jamaica: SALIENT initiative
Ms. Denise E. Antonio, Resident Representative, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, and Turks and Caicos Island

11:03-11:10 Inequalities for access to resources and impacts on future generations

11:10-11:17 Partnerships for Agenda 2030 and a more just future
Mr. Alejandro E. Alvarez, Chief, Rule of Law Unit, Executive Office of the Secretary General

11:17 – 11:30 Roundtable discussion, facilitated by moderator

11:30 – 11:45 Closing remarks
Katy Thompson, Head Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights, Crisis Bureau UNDP
Mr. George Conway, Deputy Director, Crisis Bureau, UNDP

Thursday 24 June 2021

8:30 - 11:30 EDT

Annual Consultation with Partners to the UNDP Global Programme on Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights for Sustaining Peace and Fostering Development (by invite only)

8:30-9:30 Global Programme partners discussion (closed session)
Ms. Marieke Wierda, Rule of Law coordinator, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

9:45-10:45 Presentation of the 2020 Annual Report and propositions for the future
Mr. George Conway, Deputy Director, Crisis Bureau, UNDP
Ms. Katy Thompson, Head, Rule of Law, Security & Human Rights, Crisis Bureau, UNDP
Ms. Leanne McKay, Consultant, Rule of Law, Security & Human Rights, Crisis Bureau, UNDP

10:45-11:30 Discussion and closing