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Anniversary of the UN Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary

Amid attacks on judicial independence carried out by the governments of some European Union Member States, these words enshrined in the UN Principles have gained new momentum.

UN Photo/Pernaca Sudhakaran

Nelson Mandela International Day, 2002: South African Scholars reflecting on Madiba’s legacy

Nelson Mandela International Day

Konrad Adenauer Foundation Scholars at the South African Institute of International Affairs reflect on Nelson Mandela’s legacy and on his almost inimitable dedication to improving the lives of all South Africans. Although this aspiration remains largely unfulfilled, his inspiration still resonates with many South Africans. Democratic South Africa has achieved undeniable gains such as the right to vote, basic education, and primary health care; the introduction of an extensive social security system that has lifted many people out of poverty; the provision of affordable housing and basic services to millions. However, it is common knowledge that true prosperity remains lost in the quagmire of social, economic, and political challenges confronting South Africa today.

UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Sexual violence as a weapon of war - support to victims and survivors

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

On June 12, 2022, Kosovo marked the 23rd anniversary of freedom. Many people still remember that day. With the pain of the losses and hardships experienced and the relief that the nightmare was over, they were embarking towards the next chapter. One where they were free and the war was in the past. Yet, among all, there was one group whose war did not end with the NATO intervention – the survivors of sexual violence during the war.

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Diversity in Peacekeeping makes the Difference!

International Peacekeeping Day

This article will address the added value that women can bring to peacekeeping missions and some of the challenges women may face.

The International Day of Women Judges

The 10th of March 2022 marks the first International Day of Women Judges.

This article discusses the much needed opportunity to reflect on the work that still has to be done to improve gender equality, both in the judiciary and in the law more generally.

The International Day of commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust: Why it matters?

International Day of commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust

The Holocaust, as United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres observes, reverberates through the United Nations. It can be traced in the founding documents of the Organization in the commitment to multinational action to protect future generations from the scourge of war and atrocity crimes such as those committed by the Nazis and their collaborators, that found genocidal expression against Jewish children, women, and men, as well as the Roma and Sinti.

Women in High Courts: A Delayed Right

Human Rights Day

The importance of women in the judiciary in order to further protect and uphold women rights which are the human rights f half of the world's population

Revealing GBV data the world round: The Special Rapporteur’s Femicide Watch Initiative

United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women

Femicide Watch Prevention initiative aims at fostering the creation of observatories or watch bodies to monitor and better inform Government’s response to and prevention of femicide or gender-related killings of women and girls.

Our Common Agenda: a roadmap for the future

United Nations Day, 2021

UN Assistant Secretary-General and Strategic Coordinator, Volker Türk outlines the vision of the Secretary-General for future global cooperation rooted in an inclusive, networked, and effective multilateralism.

The International Criminal Court’s New Chief Prosecutor: Challenges and Opportunities

International Day of Democracy, 2021

The International Criminal Court (ICC), the world’s first and only permanent body set up to investigate and prosecute the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and aggression, is currently conducting investigations in 14 situations, prosecuting 30 cases, and considering whether to open formal investigations in another 8 situations.

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Welcome to the UN AGORA Blog by the New York Office of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Democracy, Peace and Security, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law are key pillars of our work around the world, but specifically here in New York and in liaison with the United Nations.


Join us in our virtual discussions and follow the international experts whom we are inviting to contribute to our UN AGORA Blog in order to honor specific international UN Days or to draw attention to current topics in the realm of peace and justice globally.


…..and by the way, AGORA stands for the open space, the meeting ground in ancient Greek cities for citizen activities. Homer enjoyed it, and hopefully, you will too!

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