“The rule of law is essential now more than ever before, because the effectiveness of the measures passed by the governments in order to ‘build back better’ after the pandemic derive from the ability of the institutions to be transparent, effective and responsible.” These words were spoken by Vice Minister Marina Sereni in her address at the Farnesina for the opening of the Assembly of the Parties of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), the intergovernmental organization with headquarters in Rome, which has as its exclusive mandate promotion of the rule of law in developing countries in order to strengthen their legal capability and the framework of standards linked to sustainable development.
“In line with the 2030 Agenda, and in particular with one of its goals of Sustainable Development, SDG16 – explained the Vice Minister – we believe that we will only be able to reduce inequality and foster sustainable, fair and truly inclusive development if we have strong institutions. In order to create societies that live in peace and in accordance with a sustainable model at the global level, we need to make significant progress in fundamental sectors like justice, human rights and accountability. It is for this reason that Italy is particularly committed to the battle against every form of discrimination, promoting the rights of women and children, protecting the rights of disabled people and establishing a universal moratorium against the death penalty. We are in favor of protecting freedom of religion and belief, and the rights of individuals who belong to religious minorities, and we oppose any form of human trafficking”.
The event, hosted again this year by the Farnesina after the interruption last year, is the opportunity for a frank discussion among the member states with regard to the future policies of the organization and the important issues with which it is concerned. In recent years, Italy has also worked to strengthen the role and activities of the IDLO, whose increasing significance now makes it an important component of the hub of international organizations based in Rome.