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UNDP, UN Women, UNICEF launch Sawasya II program in Palestine

In a concerted effort to advance the rule of law across the State of Palestine, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in partnership with the Palestinian government, have launched the Sawasya II joint program.

Sawasya II seeks to support the building of a progressively functioning and increasingly inclusive Palestinian rule of law system that respects, protects, and fulfills human rights and gender equality and promotes peace and security.

In his opening address, Jamie McGoldrick, Humanitarian Coordinator and UN Resident coordinator, highlighted that the rule of law is at the heart of the UN’s work around the globe and is reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Without achievements in the rule of law, advancements in other SDGs will be severely impacted. I am particularly proud of how this program focuses on three distinct, yet inherently linked issues of gender, juveniles, and the rule of law. We look forward to this continued partnership with justice sector institutions, civil society and development partners who have all shown tremendous support in moving this joint program forward.

Funded by the Governments of the Netherlands, Sweden, and Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), Sawasya II has the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its core.

The program will focus on the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the realization of effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels (SDG 16), and the achievement of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls (SDG 5).

Source: International Islamic News Agency