International Development Law Organization

SDG 16 Conference 2022


People-centred governance in a post-pandemic world


The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairsthe International Development Law Organization, and the Government of Italy are organizing the SDG 16 Conference 2022, to be held from 21 to 22 April in a hybrid format. Building on the outcomes of the 2019 and 2021 editions and drawing on the insights of participants from government, international organizations, civil society, academia and youth, the Conference will explore how a people-centred approach to governance can help rebuild trust, accelerate progress towards sustainable development and tackle the challenges facing a post-COVID world.


The Conference will examine how COVID-19 has contributed to the root causes and drivers of conflict and instability, challenged the delivery of public services, threatened the rule of law and increased inequality and exclusion. It will highlight innovations made in response to the pandemic, including approaches to build and sustain development in conflict-affected contexts, strengthen institutional resilience, promote people-centred justice, and address inequalities while leaving no one behind. 


Please note that due to COVID-19 related restrictions, there will be limited space at the conference venue. In-person participation therefore is by invitation only. Registration is required for online attendance.








Emmanuel Ametepey
Founder and Executive Director
Youth Advocates Ghana

Jan Beagle

Leonardo Bencini
Head, Unit for Strategy, Global Processes and International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Giuseppe Busia
 President, National Anti-Corruption Authority, Italy

Fabio Cassese
General Director of Italian International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Helder da Costa
General Secretary
g7+ Secretariat

Yamide Dagnet
Drirector, Climate Justice
Open Society Foundations

Antonia Marie De Meo
Director, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)

Olivier de Schutter
United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

Emanuela Claudia Del Re
EU Special Representative for the Sahel 

Aidan Eyakuze
Executive Director of Twaweza East Africa and Civil Society Co-Chair of the Open Government Partnership

Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi
Chair, United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration; Chancellor, Nelson Mandela University

Diego García-Sayán
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers

Leymah Gbowee
2011 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace

Lynrose Jane D. Genon
Executive Council of Young Women+ Leaders for Peace, Philippines

Lawrence O. Gostin
Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University

Juan Pablo Guerrero
Network Director, Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency

Gamal Mohamed Hassan
Minister of Planning, Investment and Economic Development, Somalia

Sarah Hendriks
Director, Policy, Programme and Intergovernmental Division, UN Women

Collen Vixen Kelapile
President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council

Sarah Lister
Head of Governance, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP

Liu Zhenmin
Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations

Luca Maestripieri
Director, Italian Agency for Development Cooperation

Maria Chiara Malaguti
President, International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT)

Cindy McCain
Permanent Representative of the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome, Vice-President of the Assembly of Parties of IDLO

Amina J. Mohammed
Deputy-Secretary-General, United Nations

Eihab Omaish
Head of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General’s Rule of Law Unit

Isabel Ortiz
Director, Global Social Justice Program, Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University

Fabrizio Petri
Special Envoy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and International Cooperation for the Human Rights of LGBTIQ+ people, MFA and International Cooperation, Italy

Gabriela Ramos 
Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO

John Romano
Coordination, Transparency, Accountability and Participation Network

Cecilia Ruthström-Ruin
Ambassador for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden

Marina Sereni
Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy

Abdulla Shahid
President of the United Nations General Assembly

Lily Fati Soale
Director, Finance and General Administration, Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Ghana

Maria-Francesca Spatolisano
Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UNDESA

Elizabeth Spehar
Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support , UN DPPA

Thomas Stelzer
Dean, International Anti-Corruption Academy

Giovanni Tartaglia Polcini
Magistrate, Legal Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy

Tatyana Teplova
Head of Division, Policy Coherence for SDGs, and Senior Justice Counsellor, OECD

Mandeep Tiwana
Chief Programmes Officer, Head of the New York office, CIVICUS

Massimo Tommasoli
Director of Global Programmes and Permanent Observer International IDEA to the United Nation

Gillian Triggs
Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, UNHCR

Ghada Fathi Waly
Executive Director, UNODC


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