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Webinar: UN Resolution on Ombudsman and Mediators
Webinar Goal: Following on from the facilitated discussion around the threats facing the Ombudsman institution, AORC is collaborating with the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) to conduct a webinar on the UN Resolution and the Venice Principles and their great significance to the Ombudsman and mediator institution in Africa and the world.

The mandate of Ombudsman is to be an effective voice for the voiceless and change agent for good governance, human rights and the rule of law. Globally Ombudsman and mediator institutions are increasingly understood (along with other Constitutionally established independent oversight institutions such as Auditors General and Electoral Commissions) to be the fourth – integrity - branch of government.

The United Nations Resolution on Ombudsman and mediator institutions was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 16 December 2020. The resolution represents a strong endorsement of the key principles of Ombudsman institutions, including independence, objectivity, transparency, fairness and impartiality. It is an important further step in securing worldwide recognition for the work of Ombudsman institutions in promoting good administration, human rights, good governance and the rule of law.

The resolution provides strong endorsement of the Principles on the Protection and Promotion of the Ombudsman Institution (the Venice Principles) and establishes these principles as the new global standard for the Ombudsman for the first time. This is an important step to strengthen independent and autonomous Ombudsman and mediator institutions worldwide and to raise awareness at international level for the essential role these institutions play in the protection and promotion of human rights. It confirms and reinforces the importance of a close cooperation between the United Nations and the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI).

Feb 23, 2021 10:00 AM in Johannesburg

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