The rule of law at the national and international levels (Agenda item 85)
Summary of work
Background (source: A/68/100)
This item was included in the provisional agenda of the sixty-first session of the General Assembly, in 2006, at the request of Liechtenstein and Mexico (A/61/142). The Assembly considered the item from its sixty-first to its sixty-fifth sessions (resolutions 61/39, 62/70, 63/128, 64/116, 65/32 and 66/102).
At its sixty-seventh session, the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels, in which the Heads of State and Government, inter alia, emphasized the importance of continuing their consideration and promotion of the rule of law in all its aspects, and to that end decided to pursue their work in the Assembly to develop further the linkages between the rule of law and the three main pillars of the United Nations, namely peace and security, human rights and development, and requested the Secretary-General to propose ways and means of developing, with wide stakeholder participation, further such linkages, and to include them in his report to the Assembly at its sixty-eighth session (resolution 67/1).
At the same session, the General Assembly recalled the high-level meeting of the Assembly on the rule of law at the national and international levels held during the high-level segment of its sixty-seventh session and the Declaration adopted at that meeting; reiterated its request to the Secretary-General to ensure greater coordination and coherence among United Nations entities and with donors and recipients; called upon the Secretary-General and the United Nations system to systematically address, as appropriate, aspects of the rule of law in relevant activities, including the participation of women in rule of law-related activities, recognizing the importance of the rule of law to virtually all areas of United Nations engagement; and requested the Secretary-General to submit, in a timely manner, his next annual report on United Nations rule of law activities. The Assembly invited Member States to focus their comments in the upcoming Sixth Committee debates on the subtopics “The rule of law and the peaceful settlement of international disputes” (sixty-eighth session) and “Sharing States’ national practices in strengthening the rule of law through access to justice” (sixty-ninth session) (resolution 67/97).
Consideration at the sixty-eighth session (forthcoming)
Action taken by the Sixth Committee (forthcoming)