The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA)
Created in June 2012 and gathering all 193 UN Member States, the UNEA is the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment. It meets biannually in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss and decide on matters of global environmental policies and international environmental law, contributing to the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The UNEA also governs the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
The Committee of Permanent Representatives
Gathering 118 members, the Committee of Permanent Representatives is the inter-sessional intergovernmental body of the UNEA. It was formally established as a subsidiary organ of the Governing Council (now the UN Environment Assembly) in May 1985. With its meetings on a quarterly basis, the Committee assists the preparation of the UNEA and its agenda, advises the Assembly on policy making and supervises the implementation of its decisions.
As an observer organisation in the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of UNEP, Dominicans for Justice and Peace regularly follows the quarterly sessions of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR), and, at times, the two-weekly meetings of its subcommittee.
Dominicans for Justice and Peace is engaged at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and focuses on 4 (four) thematic priorities, selected to support the engagement of Dominicans on the ground:
- Countering Human Trafficking
- Prison reform
- Countering Forest and Wildlife Crime
- Education for justice
Using information gathered from Dominicans on the ground, Dominicans for Justice and Peace joins other NGOs in advocating for effective global and national policies around these 4 priorities in the following mechanisms of the UNODC.
The Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ)
With regular annual sessions and intersessional meetings, the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) leads the policy making in crime prevention and criminal justice at the United Nations. Its work is mainly based on supporting international efforts towards the eradication of national and transnational crimes and on contributing to the improvement of criminal justice administration. Further, the Commission also allows the exchange of expertise and information among Member States in order to develop national and international strategies, and to identify priorities for combating crime.
Dominicans for Justice and Peace plays an active role in the CCPCJ with the organisation of side events to raise awareness on the challenges encountered by Dominicans on the ground.
The United Nations Crime Congress
Since 1995, the UN Crime Congress has been held every 5 (five) years, promoting a discussion among Government Delegates, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, professionals and distinguished scholars on matters of criminal justice.
Dominicans for Justice and Peace participates actively with other NGOs in the preparations for the congress and, where possible, participates, in order to advocate for a more efficient programme of action.
Education for Justice
The Education for Justice (E4J) is an initiative of the UNODC and created after the 13th Crime Congress in Doha in 2015. It aims at promoting a culture of lawfulness and prevention of crime through an age-based system of online modules, ranging from primary to tertiary education levels. This tool is used by educators to raise awareness and instruct the next generations on the rule of law and related issues, encouraging students to actively engage in the matter.
For Dominicans for Justice and Peace, this is a space to discover and share educational resources since Dominicans have a long and rich experience in, and concern for education.
Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
This UNTOC COP, held annually, was established to improve the capacity of States Parties to combat transnational organized crime and to promote and review the implementation of this Convention.
Dominicans for Justice and Peace participates in these meetings to advocate for the creation and more efficient implementation of laws on human trafficking and forest and wildlife crime at the national levels.
2020 Year-Ender Conversation Series
The Power of Open Conversations through the Pandemic
COVID has taken its toll on so many charities and non-government organizations so UNOP initiated a this 4-part series campaign to properly summarize and say goodbye to 2020.
The “2020 Year-Ender Conversation series” is intended to reach out, promote visibility and show and document on-the-ground impact and situation in each and every prioritized country we have and to help us raise funds and continue to connect with our major donors, trusts and corporate partners.
Throughout the year, opportunities come up for the UNOP team to appear in communications, help with fundraising, and participate in activities and events from a range of causes, who are virtually meeting supporters and partners, in spite of the difficulties.
We ended the year 2020 with an inspiring note, started off with a free webinar series via Zoom last December 10, 2020, in celebration of the International Human Rights Day, “Let’s Talk About Human Rights“. It is a special conversation with the outgoing Director of Dominicans for Justice and Peace and Permanent Delegate of the Order of Preachers to the United Nations, Fr. Mike Deeb OP. (Watch the conversation here)
After the successful opening episode talking about Human Rights, we followed it up with episode 2: “Let’s Talk about Climate Crisis: the case of the Philippines“. It is an insightful panel conversation with our Philippine partners Fr. Jun Sipalay, Sr. Teresa Dagdag, Fr. Victor Calvo and Asst. Prof. Froilan Alipao. (Watch the conversation here)
For the third talk in the series, we put the focus on the Dominican Republic where we have in the conversation in Spanish. “Let’s Talk About Business and Human Rights: the case of evictions in the Dominican Republic" with Father Miguel Ángel Gullón OP. (Watch the conversation here)
For the fourth and final conversation of our year-end conversation series. We had another panel of partner in DR Congo, and this time it was in French. “Let’s talk about Human rights in mining: the case of DR Congo". The panel includes Fr. Augustin Wiliwoli, OP; Innocent Madrandele OP and Sr. Noelle Ginimangimi. (Watch the conversation here)
Our continued efforts to disseminate information of what is really happening on the ground, taking action in diversity, equity & inclusion in conservation around the world, discussing various initiatives to help reduce barriers to accessing nature, create opportunities for partnerships, and more. We leverage our network of partners to enhance great opportunities to engage donors and lead them to our cause. Our wonderful team and partners work tirelessly to make society a better place, and at this particularly difficult time they have never been more needed.
Please check out the 4-part Year-Ender Conversation Series:
Episode 1: Let’s talk about Human Rights.
With fr Mike Deeb OP, outgoing director of Domincans for Justice and Peace.
Conversation in English.
Episode 2: Let’s talk about climate crisis: the case of the Philippines.
With our Philippines partners: fr Jun Sipalay OP, Sr Teresa Dagdag, fr Victor Calvo OP and Asst Prof. Froilan Alipao.
Conversation in English.
Episode 3: Let’s talk about Business and Human Rights: the case of evictions in Dominican Republic.
With fr Miguel Ángel Gullón OP.
Conversation in Spanish.
Episode 4: Let’s talk about Human Rights in the mining sector: the case of DR Congo.
With our DRC partners: Augustin Wiliwoli OP; Innocent Madrandele OP, Sr. Noelle Ginimangimi.
Conversation in French.
By: NJ Jacobson
In the protection and promotion of human rights, conflicts sometimes arise between different rights, opening the door to polarisation between stakeholders and States within multilateral forums. The Academic engagement programme was created with the aim of strengthening the reflections of Dominicans on some key contemporary issues and conflicts of rights emerging in the UN. With this programme, the Delegation intends to develop a Dominican academic network, in cooperation with the Order’s academic institutions, to collaborate in developing reflections on these issues. The fruits of such reflections will then be used to provide Dominican contributions in the discussions at the UN, through initiatives such as organising conferences and producing collaborative publications.