Kicking off the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha, Qatar, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon along with several other top UN officials on Sunday spotlighted the critical connection between rule of law and sustainable development.
“All societies need fair criminal justice systems, effective, accountable institutions, and access to justice for all,” Ban said in his keynote address at the opening ceremony of the Crime Congress.
“Accountable security services can go a long way toward ending cycles of violence. Strengthening legal rights helps address inequalities,” he added.
“There can be no sustainable development without human rights and the rule of law,” the Secretary-General continued.