Launch of the United Nations Rule of Law Indicators: Press Conference: Statement by Ambassador Jarmo Viinanen, Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations, New York, 6 July 2011
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am here representing the several donor countries (Australia, Canada, Finland, Luxemburg, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom) that answered the call from DPKO and UNHCHR to support with voluntary funds the development of the United Nations Rule of Law Indicators.
We are very happy to see that attention to rule of law has increased here at the UN and elsewhere, and that the UN took upon itself already in 2008 the development of an instrument – the indicators - to monitor changes in the performance and fundamental characteristics of rule of law institutions.
The World Development Report published in April argues that strong rule of law institutions are the single most important factor that can prevent a fragile country from lapsing into a conflict. Hence, building rule of law is also a priority in post-conflict peacebuilding.
We hope that the attention, including the upcoming discussions in the General Assembly and the Security Council as well as the High Level Segment planned for 2012, will result in concrete improvements to the way rule of law assistance is delivered.
For improved results, we should focus on the following three things:
- National capacity building should always be the number one priority of the UN and bilateral actors;
- Support should be prioritized and delivered in a coherent and coordinated manner;
- Focus should be on impact and accountability on the ground. We should always ask ourselves: are our efforts resulting in real improvements?
The Rule of Law indicators which we are launched today are a tool for all that:
- They will help us track the development of criminal justice institutions over time.
- They will support planning and prioritization, and their development is a concrete demonstration of good cooperation between different actors on the ground.
- Most importantly, they focus on building the capacity of the national institutions.
We hope that after Haiti and Liberia also other countries decide to use the tool developed.