The Assembly noted with regret the resignation of IDLO Director-General Ambassador Antonio Badini for personal reasons and expressed its gratitude to Ambassador Badini for accepting to continue working with the Organization as Special Envoy. Following an ad hoc meeting of the Standing Committee the Assembly supported the appointment of Mr. Jeffrey S. Waldron, IDLO Director of Human Resources, as Acting Director-General, effective December 1, 2010.
In a statement, IDLO's current President, the Netherlands, said: “It is with regret that the President accepts the resignation of Director-General Badini, who has demonstrated dedication and commitment in his work for the organization and has made important contributions to further its cause. The Netherlands remains committed to the organization and has willingly accepted to continue the Presidency in this time of transition to facilitate the transfer to the new President. "
Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, representing the United States of America as the incoming President of the Assembly of Parties, remarked with enthusiasm that, “IDLO has demonstrated enormous potential through its knowledge generation and field programs that contribute to the development of rule of law around the world. We are honored to work with this organization and to follow the capable presidency of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. We are extremely grateful for Ambassador Badini’s efforts and look forward to working with all member states and the IDLO staff to ensure the long-term growth of this organization.”
This year’s meeting was again hosted by the Italian Government in the Sala Conferenze Internazionali at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Representatives from IDLO’s 23 Member Parties were joined by observer states, the Vice Chairman of the Board of Advisers and senior IDLO staff members.