IDLO and the UN
By combining research and thought leadership on the rule of law with expertise in implementing it, IDLO cuts a distinct profile in the development sector. Our topical interventions are multiplying in international fora – above all at the United Nations, where we are emerging as a privileged interlocutor. We have observer status and liaison offices in New York and Geneva. Every year, IDLO addresses the General Assembly. We work closely with the Italian mission, and undertake joint projects with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UNICEF and UNAIDS.
In both New York and Geneva, we participate in high-level meetings and co-host rule-of-law themed events. Our research and conclusions are showcased at the Human Rights Council, and we facilitate debates and encounters that further the world's understanding of law and development. While not part of the UN, we are aligned with its goals, synchronized with its processes, and increasingly listened to.
STATEMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT LAW ORGANIZATION
THE RULE OF LAW, PEACE AND SECURITY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENT
February 27, 2014
Remarks by Irene Khan, Director-General, IDLO
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Mr. Deputy Secretary General,
Excellencies, distinguished delegates,
Ladies and gentlemen,
BUSINESS, HUMAN RIGHTS, THE RULE OF LAW AND THE NEW DEVELOPMENT PARADIGM LUNCHEON
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.
Palais des Nations, Delegates Restaurant Geneva
The United Nations marks International Youth Day today (August 12) – an opportunity to recognize youths’ contribution to enhancing their communities and global society. Half of the world population is under 25. Almost two-billion people are under 14, the overwhelming majority of whom live in the developing world.
Deputy United Nations Secretary General Jan Eliasson has offered a robust defense of the rule of law in a speech to IDLO during a visit to Rome. “We want to create a stronger basis for our [the UN's] work,” he told the audience, which included Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, the World Food Programme’s Ertharin Cousin and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka of UN Women. Referring to the Post-2015 Development Agenda now under discussion, he added that “we should not miss this historic opportunity to use the elements of the rule of law”.
IDLO Director-General Irene Khan and Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Executive Director James Hospedales have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on non-communicable diseases. The text pledges joint action to strengthen legal frameworks and expand capacity to tackle cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes in the Caribbean.
IDLO Director-General Irene Khan concluded a mission to New York where she called on the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Asha-Rose Migiro, the Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, and senior officials in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Ms. Khan also met with the Permanent Representatives to the United Nations H.E. Luis Alfonso de Alba of Mexico and H.E.