Inclusive, responsive and accountable governance in favor of children

On July 11, within the high-level meeting of the Advisory Group, UN Agencies in Belarus, including UNICEF, together with the government agencies, international organizations and civil society representatives, have agreed on appointing the Secretariat in order to coordinate the establishment of the 3 following working groups: working group on access to justice, legal protection and awareness, legal aid and counsel; working group on adjudication and enforcement; working group on effective legislation.

Ensuring inclusive, responsive and accountable governance has become one of the priorities of the UN Development Assistance Framework for Belarus 2016-2020.

Among the thematic issues related to children the following priorities have been identified:

- Legal implementation of restorative justice approaches in the juvenile justice system;

- Strengthening of judiciary specialization in the juvenile justice system;

- Implementation of child-friendly procedures in the justice system, protection of children from violence;

- Legal education of all citizens, including children and adolescents.

The advisory group includes high-level representatives of government and judicial agencies (Presidential Administration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior, Supreme Court, Constitutional Court, Prosecutor General’s Office, Investigation Committee, etc.), international development partners (including the UN, EU, OSCE/ODIHR, Council of Europe and individual member-states), as well as civil society representatives.

During the meeting, it was agreed to nominate a secretariat that will include representatives of the UN, Ministry of Justice and National Center for Legislation and Legal Research. The assigned secretariat will coordinate the establishment of 3 working groups: on access to justice, legal protection, awareness, aid, and counsel; on adjudication and enforcement; on effective legislation.These working groups will elaborate the lists of priority issues for Belarus, which should become a basis for the subsequent establishment of the mission on the rule of law and access to justice.