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HLPF 2019 | Sustainable Development through Access to Justice and the Rule of Law

Roundtable on: Sustainable Development through Access to Justice and the Rule of Law

Following up on the Rome Conference Discussion on SDG16.3 and Beyond

The conference Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies: SDG 16 Implementation and the Path to Leaving No One Behind, co-organized by UN DESA and IDLO with the Government of Italy, was held in Rome on 27-29 June 2019, to contribute to the preparations for the July 2019 HLPF. The event gathered more than 300 participants from government, civil society and the expert community, including an extensive pool of judiciary and other rule of law professionals as well as youth activists and private sector actors.

A panel at the conference on Sustainable Development through Access to Justice and the Rule of Law, provided an exceptional opportunity for mapping different contributions of the rule of law to the implementation of the SDG 16 and overall progress towards the 2030 Agenda. Among other issues more than 15 contributors to the panel’s work discussed: judicial independence and integrity; accountability of institutions of governance; right to participation in public affairs; justice systems coordination and interface of formal and informal mechanisms; promising strategies for justice for women; justice-oriented measures for addressing multidimensional inequalities; contribution of justice systems to implementation of peace agreements; and the use of technology for access to justice.

Many of these contributors from government, international institutions and civil society will join the Director-General of IDLO in an interactive discussion to draw some of the main messages on these issues from the Rome Conference and to point to avenues of progress in the context of the thematic consideration of SDG 16 in HLPF and the overall theme of the HLPF session: “empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”.


6pm - 8pm EDT | Tuesday, 9 July, 2019 | Uganda House, 336 East 45th Street, New York


Roundtable. Concept note available soon.


Opening Remarks

  • Irene Khan, Director General, IDLO​
  • Massimo Tommasoli, Permanent Observer, International IDEA
  • Philip Odida, Deputy Permanent Representative, Uganda

Followed by a Debate of Member State and Civil Society interacting with Experts including:

  • Pablo de Greiff, Rapporteur, UN Human Rights Council Experts Group on Prevention
  • Luigi Marini, Legal Advisor, Permanent Mission of Italy (TBC)​
  • Aparna Basnyat, Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights Specialist, UNDP​
  • Maaike de Langen, Head of Research, Task Force on Justice at Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies (TBC)​
  • Anika Holterhof, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, UNODC
  • Katherine Liao, Human Rights Officer, OHCHR


To RSVP, email by Monday, 8 July