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.
In her special address, Inga King, President of ECOSOC and the HLPF 2019, Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the UN, gave her views on the rule of law being crucial for achieving sustainable development for all.
“There are silver threads which the international community has woven into a tapestry known as the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” remarked IDLO’s Director-General Irene Khan at the opening of IDLO’s 2018 Partnership Forum. “At the heart of this tapestry is access to justice and the rule of law.”