Voluntary pledging by Member States
The High-level Meeting on the rule of law on 24 September 2012 is a significant milestone for the United Nations. On this occasion, governments can turn vision and goodwill into concrete commitments through voluntary pledges. Pledges can provide a way for governments to show leadership on particular rule of law issues based on their national priorities and needs. Pledges also provide a useful platform for local discussions within national government, with civil society and, where appropriate, assistance providers.
Thematic and Regional Breakdown of Pledges
Who makes pledges?
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).
What does a pledge contain?
Pledges should be:
- Time-bound (i.e., indicating in measurable terms the objectives to be reached within a concrete period of time).
What should a pledge be about?
Pledges should be about strengthening the rule of law at the national and/or international level. For inspiration, the following reference documents will be provided:
For inspiration on topics and areas to which pledges can relate, 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).
Member States may also wish to refer to “sample pledges”, proposed by UN entities and civil society, a list of which will be posted and updated on the United Nations Rule of Law Website and Document Repository (www.unrol.org). This list will be merely illustrative and by no means exhaustive. States are free to adapt these “sample pledges” as needed or present their own proposals for pledges.
Examples of pledges
Examples of a sample pledge 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 sample 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.“
Registration of pledges
Prior to the High-level Meeting:
States are encouraged to submit their pledges in writing to the Rule of Law Unit by Wednesday, 19 September 2012:
During the High-level Meeting:
For delegations wishing to deposit voluntary pledges on the rule of law at the national and international levels on Monday, 24 September, a drop-off table will be located from 08.30 to 17:00, outside the East Foyer, located on the second floor of the General Assembly Building, immediately to the right-hand side of the escalator leading from the Delegates’ Entrance to the General Assembly Hall.
Publication of pledges
Unless otherwise requested, all pledges submitted will be published on the United Nations Rule of Law Website and Document Repository (http://www.unrol.org/) as soon as possible after their registration.
Pledges will also be officially announced during the plenary session of the High-level Meeting on 24 September.
If you have any comments, suggestions or questions on the preparation of pledges, please do not hesitate to contact the Rule of Law Unit in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (email: firstname.lastname@example.org; fax: +1-212-963-2030; Tel: +1-917-367-2935).