International Development Law Organization

SDG 16 Conference 2023

At a time when intersecting global crises are posing unprecedented challenges to advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the International Development Law Organization and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy announce that the fourth SDG 16 Conference will take place from 30 May to 1 June 2023 in Rome, Italy.

Building on the outcomes of the 2019, 2021 and 2022 editions, the Conference will review progress and challenges related to SDG 16, focusing on conflict and shrinking trust in public institutions. The event will also explore SDG 16’s catalytic role in responding to food systems and climate change crises. It will contribute to the 2023 SDG Summit and High-Level Political Forum as well as other intergovernmental processes.

The Conference will bring together representatives of governments, international organizations, civil society, and academia to identify solutions to accelerate progress towards SDG 16 and promote its role in supporting the transition to a more sustainable world.

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, French, Spanish and Italian for plenary sessions.

Please note the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy complies with accessibility requirements.







Elizabeth Andersen
Executive Director,
World Justice Project

Jan Beagle

Martin Chungong
Secretary General,
Inter-Parliamentary Union

Diego Ciulli
Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy,
Google, Italy

Helder Da Costa
General Secretary,
g7+ Secretariat

Yamide Dagnet
Director for Climate Justice,
Open Society Foundations

Alessandro de Pedys
Director General for Public and Cultural Diplomacy,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy

Rosemary A. DiCarlo
Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs

Qu Dongyu
Director General,

Ilaria Fevola
Legal Officer,
Article 19

Melissa Fleming
Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications at the United Nations

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

Arvinn Gadgil
UNDP Oslo Governance Centre

Enrico Giovannini
Scientific Director,
Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS)

Juan Pablo Guerrero
Network Director,
Global Initiative on Fiscal Transparency

Niamh Hanafin
Senior Advisor, Information Integrity,
UNDP Oslo Governance Centre

Pato Kelesitse
Founder of Sustain267

David Kode
Advocacy and Campaigns Lead,

Aaron Maniam
Deputy Secretary,
Ministry of Communications & Information, Singapore

Philomena Mbete Mwilu
Deputy Chief Justice,

Cindy McCain
Executive Director,
World Food Programme

Katherine Meighan
Associate Vice President and General Counsel,

Darío José Mejía Montalvo
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Ikta Abdoulaye Mohamed
Minister of Justice,

Reekelitsoe Molapo
UN Youth Representative

Adam I. OHirsi
Minister of State for Environment and Climate Change,

Robert Muggah
Head of Innovation,
Instituto Igarapé

Virginia Padovese
Managing Editor & Vice President Partnerships, Europe, Australia and New Zealand,

Soonae Park
Professor of public policy,
Seoul National University;
Former Deputy Prime Minister, South Korea

Marina Ponti
Global Director,
UN SDG Action Campaign

Andrea Segrè
Professor, Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna and scientific director,
Waste Watcher International Observatory on Food and Sustainability

Margaret Satterthwaite
UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers

Fatiha Serour
Justice Impact Lab;
Chair, Africa Group of Justice Accountability

Ivan Šimonović
Permanent Representative of Croatia to the UN

Maria Francesca Spatolisano
Assistant Secretary General,

Thomas Stelzer
International Anti-Corruption Academy

Lachezara Stoeva
United Nations Economic and Social Council;
Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the United Nations in New York

Loredana Teodorescu
Women in International Security Italy (WIIS)

Massimo Tommasoli
Director of Global Programmes,
International IDEA

Christina Voigt
IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law

Ghada Fathi Waly
Executive Director,

Parallel sessions

Doreen Buettner
Access to Justice Specialist,
UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Yon Fernández-de-Larrinoa
Indigenous Peoples Unit,

Ilaria Firmian
Senior Technical Specialist on Indigenous Peoples,

Gianluca Misuraca
Vice President,
Inspiring Futures

Javier Surasky
Director of Research,

Ana Landa Ugarte
Gender Equality Seal Global Manager,

Margaret Mekwuye
Board Member,
Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development (CSCSD)

Tania Eulalia Martínez-Cruz
Indigenous Peoples’ Water and food system indicators Expert,

Faiza Shaheen,
Program Director,
Inequality and Exclusion,

Cristina Timponi Cambiaghi
Senior Global Policy and Advocacy Specialist,
International Land Coalition

Lovro Tomasic
International Union of Notaries

Jessica Troell
Senior Attorney and Director, International Water Program,
Environmental Law Institute

Margaret Williams
SDG16+ Associate Director,

Hibo Yassin Haji Yusuf
Executive Director,
IIDA Women’s Development Organization

Yukihiko Hamada
Programme Manager,
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)