A Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Federal Judicial Academy, UNDP and UNOPS
Islamabad: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today between the Federal Judicial Academy (FJA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) organized by the Legal Empowerment of the Poor (LEP) programme. The Honorable Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Mr. Justice Nasir ul Mulk was the chief guest. The event was attended by senior judges from the superior courts, UN officials and media.
The event is a landmark achievement for UNDP and the Federal Judicial Academy since it is for the first time that the FJA signed the MoU with a development agency. This agreement between the two parties would formally shape the partnership in areas of policy engagement, infrastructure and IT support, capacity building and research and advocacy. For UNDP, this agreement represents a complete plan of action for modernizing the judicial academies and transforming them into centers of excellence.
Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Jean Luc Stalon, Country Director (a.i.) UNDP in Pakistan said, “We see this as an investment in the future of the entire justice system in Pakistan. It reflects our faith in the ability of this system to meet the expectations of the poor and vulnerable citizens of this country. It reflects our trust in the Federal Judicial Academy to lead the way toward this vision.”
In his Keynote Address, Mr. Pervaiz Chawla, Director General of FJA said, “The goals sought by the LEP Programme are in complete alignment with the vision of the Federal Judicial Academy. LEP seeks to improve access to justice for the poor and vulnerable which is our very raison d’être.”
The LEP programme was initiated by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and implemented by the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS), to support the ongoing efforts of the justice sector service delivery. LEP is part of UNDP Pakistan’s broader agenda for the Rule of Law and Access to Justice and intends to work in 37 districts across all provinces for improving justice sector service delivery for the poor and vulnerable, working closely with the judiciary, bar councils, prosecution, ombudsmen offices and prisons. The programme aims to secure the delivery of legal rights and services by key institutions to the vulnerable segments of society, in parallel to creating demand and awareness amongst the right holders.
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