The 2022 International Youth Day provided an opportunity to unite forces and bring together different generations of judges, judicial practitioners and young people from around the world committed to ending corruption. On this occasion, the UNODC Global Judicial Integrity Network and the UNODC Global Resource for Anti-Corruption Education and Youth Empowerment (GRACE) Initiative jointly organized a virtual event on Intergenerational Learning: Educating Young People on Judicial Integrity and Countering Corruption in the Judiciary. This year’s theme of the International Youth Day is “Intergenerational solidarity: Creating a world for all ages”, which aims to amplify the message that action is needed across all generations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and leave no one behind.
The NCJFCJ Judge-In-Residence, Hon. Victor Reyes, from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, highlighted the important role of intergenerational learning for the future of judicial integrity: “It is so important to have young people here today because we (the adults) have more to learn from you, than the other way around”. Judge Reyes also emphasized the role of judicial well-being and training judges on empathy and taking care of themselves for judicial integrity “When I was young, I was not trained in taking care of myself and it is so important that you develop those practices now to promote well-being at the physical, emotional and spiritual level. Like this, taking care of ourselves, we are less inclined to compromise ourselves.”