More than thirty representatives of civil society, human rights groups and international organizations attended an IDLO conference in Colombia, this week, on strengthening and expanding legal services available to people living with HIV and other key population groups in Latin America.
One of the world's most biodiverse countries, Ecuador became the first-ever nation in 2008 to recognize the rights of nature in its Constitution. The document also includes among the state's primary duties the guarantee of citizens' rights, the eradication of poverty and the promotion of sustainable development.
IDLO's work in Ecuador has ranged from supporting the Constitutional Court to analyzing the legal framework in relation to climate change and empowering indigenous communities to access resources.
In August 2014 IDLO and the Constitutional Cout of Ecuador signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing a framework of cooperation for the achievement of common puroposes. Activities implemented under the MOU will contribute to strengthening constitutional justice in Ecuador and to improve the Court’s effectiveness and visibility nationally and regionally.
Buying a bar of chocolate, a pack of coffee… Picking this one over that one… “Bananas? Ah yes… Let me see the label… Shall we get those smaller ones?”
Conferencia “Lecciones Aprendidas de la Preparación Jurídica para el Cambio Climático y el Desarrollo Rural en Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala y México”
In order to ease the isolation experienced by some of Ecuador’s indigenous communities, IDLO has designed a legal model for accessing fair trade markets. The pilot phase of the initiative took place in two remote Quechua-speaking mountain settlements, Rumicorral and Ambrosio Lasso. Both communities had extremely low social indicators, with virtually no access to external markets for what was otherwise naturally organic and pesticide-free farming produce.
The United Nations celebrates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People today, highlighting what are some of the world’s most marginalized and vulnerable groups.