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30 September 2019


Media representatives are invited to

UNODC's Education for Justice International Conference

"Educating for the Rule of Law: Inspire. Change. Together."

7 October 2019
Boardroom D, C-Building, Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria

VIENNA, 30 September (UN Information Service) -The media is invited to cover the Opening Session and Session I of the High-Level Education for Justice International Conference: "Educating for the Rule of Law: Inspire. Change. Together."

The launch will gather high-ranking education specialists who will be welcomed by Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), General Abdullah Al-Mal, Advisor to the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the State of Qatar, and Naomi Oloyode, an 11-year old student of the Battle Axe Academy, Lugbe, Abuja, selected after winning a debate on "How to Combat Corruption."

Session I of the conference will be addressed by Iris Rauskala, Minister of Education, Science and Research, Austria; Johnson Sakaja, Senator of Nairobi and Chairperson of the Young Members of Parliament, Kenya; Hilligje van't Land, Secretary General of the International Association of Universities (IAU); Nafieh Assaf, Assistant Deputy Minister for Education, State of Palestine; and Ricardo Cardona, Vice Minister of Education, El Salvador.

The three-day Conference will bring together over 200 stakeholders from both education and justice fields and will allow policymakers from different areas (such as Ministries of Education and Ministries of Justice), educators and academics to build bridges and propose innovative ways to empower the next generation of change makers.

E4J is an innovative and comprehensive educational initiative, which aims at building the capacity of educators to equip students with a better understanding of, and ability to address, the issues that can undermine the rule of law. The initiative strives to achieve this through the creation and dissemination of educational activities and materials designed for primary, secondary and tertiary levels. These resources are developed in close collaboration with organizations such as UNESCO and in consultation with academia, educators and students themselves. The High-Level Conference will provide an opportunity to showcase many of these materials and discuss their practical application in thematic workshops.


Media accreditation:
Media representatives who wish to cover the Conference, and who are not already accredited to the Vienna International Centre, should email press.vienna[at] for accreditation. Journalists are invited to attend the Opening Session starting at 10 a.m. and the Plenary starting at 11.30 a.m. in Boardroom D, C-Building, as well as the coffee break for possible interviews at 11 a.m.

Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtags #Education4Justice and #Act4RuleOfLaw, and by following @UNODC and @DohaDeclaration for updates.

The agenda for the conference can be viewed here:

More information on Education for Justice can be found at:


For further media enquiries, please contact: 

Kevin Town
UNODC Public Information Officer
Telephone: +43 699 1459 5575