The 2018 Forum took place from November 20 – 21 in Rome to inspire and stimulate dialogue between key actors around the obstacles and opportunities for the rule of law.
Leading policymakers, national justice actors, academics and international development practitioners convened to discuss how Goal 16 – which seeks to promote peace, justice and strong institutions – serves as a catalyst for achieving the entirety of the 2030 Agenda but also for sustaining peace in turbulent times.
The Forum was convened at a moment when the rule of law is under unprecedented strain, and multilateralism and respect for human rights have come under threat. Growing inequality, climate change, conflict, migration and social exclusion are provoking the erosion of confidence in the justice sector and institutions.
The outcome of the Forum’s dialogues will feed into the global Task Force on Justice deliberations and the United Nations High-Level Political Forum in July 2019, where IDLO and other key actors will continue to advocate for accelerated progress and stronger commitments to the 2030 Agenda, especially SDG 16.