Rome – “The underlying issues that the poor face in the finance sector can teach us valuable lessons for the justice sector: in many places, the law serves only the people who can afford it,” said Professor Muhammad Yunus, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his pioneering work on microcredit and women’s empowerment.
“Just as poor people have the right to access credit, they have a right to access justice”, noted Professor Yunus, underlining the need for legal reforms to protect the rights of poor people.
Professor Yunus was speaking at an event at the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in Rome, on the occasion of his joining IDLO’s International Advisory Council, a select body of eminent personalities who provide high-level counsel to the Organization.
“Our association with Professor Yunus reflects IDLO’s commitment to create a culture of justice for all,” said Irene Khan, IDLO Director-General. “Through innovative legal reform, the poor can find social as well as legal justice.”
“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has put justice and the rule of law firmly at the heart of development”, noted Ms. Khan.
Other high-level participants at the event included H.E. Benedetto della Vedova, Undersecretary of State at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and H.E. Pier Ferdinando Casini, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the Italian Senate. Both speakers emphasized the 2030 Agenda and the important connection between Professor Yunus’ message and IDLO’s work around the world, noting that sustainable development cannot exist without democracy, rule of law and accountable institutions.
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