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Rule of law and growth – MFA-IDLO conference in Rome

The conference “Achieving a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda: The Contribution of the Rule of Law to Equity and Sustainability” is under way at the headquarters of the UN’s FAO in Rome, and was organised by the MFA in collaboration with the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) within the framework of the Italian duty presidency of the Council of the European Union.


“Rule of law essential to achieving equitable growth, inclusive social development and environmental sustainability”



Taking its cue from current United Nations discussions of the post-2015 agenda, the encounter’s aim is to examine the contribution of the rule of law to improving socio-economic development and its impact on the key goals of that agenda.


The intention is to analyse the importance of the rule of law in the three areas of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. The sessions were opened by Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli and IDLO Director Irene Khan, who underscored how “the rule of law is essential to achieving equitable growth, inclusive social development and environmental sustainability”. And for that reason, she added, “it must play a central role in this transformative agenda”.

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