From December 7 - 14, 2016, almost 10,000 representatives from the 196 Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as well as NGOs, indigenous and local communities, international organizations, and other stakeholders will meet in Cancun, Mexico, for the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties - commonly known as
Dealing with ecosystem degradation has long been seen as the purview of environmentalists alone. With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), biodiversity has been recognized as essential to human resilience and economic opportunity, and its preservation requires action from all sectors of society.
PRESS RELEASE: NYU Law and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) signed a memorandum of understanding on October 3 that establishes a framework for close cooperation on projects of mutual interest to promote the rule of law.
PRESS RELEASE: (Rome) November 29, 2016 – One year after the historic inclusion of the rule of law in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Vietnam has joined the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), the only intergovernmental organization exclusively devoted to promoting the rule of law.
‘Goal 16 focuses on the legal dimension of development but we could say the same of all the other goals, whether they focus on oceans, or health, or education, or environment,’ said the President of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, Peter Thomson, during a visit to IDLO’s headquarters.
IDLO and partners hosted the Second Regional Consultation on Law Enforcement and the HIV Response in Beirut this week. The consultation was attended by representatives from law enforcement agencies and civil society organizations from seven countries in the region: Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Sudan.
The Kyrgyz judiciary is not favorably viewed by the public and, at the same time, the public is not well-informed about the functions and duties of the courts. To assist the judiciary in strengthening communications with the public, IDLO under the USAID-IDLO Judicial Strengthening Program, has been providing assistance in the development of a communications strategy for the judiciary and training of new press secretaries of local courts taking up their duties for the first time in the history of the Kyrgyz Republic.
IDLO has been working with the Kyrgyz Judiciary to support the establishment of a functional, credible and transparent legal system, since the adoption of the 2010 Constitution. Despite many positive developments, the rule of law sector has faced a number of problems – chief among them inadequate financing, which risks undermining judicial independence and makes access to justice a challenge, as well as transparency and accountability.
Adolescent girls and young women account for 71 percent of new HIV infections among young people in sub-Saharan Africa. They are more vulnerable to HIV because they are often subjected to a range of gender and age based biases, discrimination and violence, including sexual assault, forced marriage and trafficking. Despite growing HIV-related responses, they and their communities most often do not have the capacity, voice and power to hold these service providers accountable for improved delivery of quality HIV-related services.
In recent years, following a growth spur which made it the fastest growing economy in the world, Mongolia has experienced rapid economic and social downturn. Although the years of growth yielded wealth and investment, the country was unable to prepare for a recession due to corruption, inflation, distortion of the local economy and environmental degradation. One of the key obstacles to sustainable growth and development is the weak and poorly prepared judiciary.