Making a pledge
Member States can make pledges:
- Individually; or
- Jointly, with two or more States underlining their commitment to work together towards a common goal (including, e.g., regional groups).
Pledges should be:
- Time-bound (i.e., indicating in measurable terms the objectives to be reached within a concrete period of time).
Pledges should focus on strengthening the rule of law at the national and/or international level. Member States are encouraged to refer to the recommendations made by the Secretary-General in the programme of action detailed in ‘Delivering justice: programme of action to strengthen the rule of law at the national and international levels’ (A/66/749).
Examples of pledges by an individual State:
“By the end of 2013, the Republic of A will prepare and publish a multi-year national rule of law strategy and do so every [x] years.”
“By the end of 2013, the Republic of B will ratify / accede to [name of treaty to which they are not party].”
“By the end of 2014, the Republic of B will develop a specific national action plan detailing steps to fully implement [name of treaty to which they are party].”
Example of a pledge made jointly by two States:
“In order to consistently and fully implement [name of treaty to which they are party or pledging to become a party], the Republic of B, will, with the support of the Republic of C (in the form of financial resources, training and mentoring), put in place the necessary national legal framework and capacities by 2015.”
For additional information, and to submit your pledge, contact the Rule of Law Unit.