IDLO Partnership Forum 2018 | Highlights

IDLO Partnership Forum 2018 | Highlights


IDLO’s 2018 Partnership Forum inspired
and stimulated dialogue between key actors around obstacles and opportunities for the rule of law. We are at an interesting moment in time where the rule of law has never been
more relevant, has never been more contested. But there are some silver
threads which the international community have woven into a tapestry
known as the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The rule of law
is a crucial component and an accelerator of sustainable development
efforts. When we met here two years ago one of the proposals was exactly to make
IDLO the front-runner in pushing Goal 16 and this is exactly what the
organization is doing. I have seen many situations of conflict and I can say in one sentence that things move because of individuals but the staying power is
with institutions. The rule of law is about building institutions, it’s about embedding aspirations in law – that’s what gives staying power to the
universal aspiration of humankind. Access to justice is a key ingredient for
development as a whole all around, but the key component of
independence of justice, of judges and lawyers is not the rights of the judges
or the rights of the lawyers, it is the rights of a society to have access to
justice system that solve cases based in the rule of law, independently, with
neutrality It’s very interesting to see how many
of these developing economies are really leapfrogging the technology. These are all very exciting developments but they raise
also potential risks in terms of consumer protection, privacy, secure
access to digitized data, authentification of digital identity are threats to
financial integrity. If there is no food security there can’t be actual stable governance, but stable governance at the same time
leads, creates an enabling environment for food security and nutrition. So, we’re
talking about mutually inclusive relationships. There are two major
drivers of food insecurity and those are conflicts and these are man-made and
they are failures of governance, and also climate change and there is a lot that
national governments can do. Gender equality it is a human rights imperative. Ambassador King did tell us about the linkages between the different goals but especially SDG16 and all the other goals, in particular
goal number 5 which is gender equality. We all know that the gaps remain
big. I don’t want to undermine the achievements, I think we have made some concrete steps towards the achievement of gender equality in many respects at
international, regional and national levels, but I think we all know that the
gaps remain in some very important areas. We know that all these gaps are
reflected in and in some cases buttress or entrenched by laws and practices that
discriminate against women and girls which persists all over the world. More
equal representation benefits both society and individuals. Women, half of
the population of this world must be enabled to participate in all parts of
society including in the justice and legal sectors. It’s just to communicate to you that the word ‘cooperation’ around Agenda 2030 can break a lot of resistances – this is a very
positive message. It’s time for us to create new partnerships, partnerships
that are willing to explore, partnerships that are willing to innovate,
partnerships that are willing to think differently, partnerships that are bold,
partnerships that are willing to learn. Never has a system of principals spread
so far, so wide, so fast, as have human rights in the post-World War Two era. These are values we have to stand up for and in their defense, and for their
application, we need the rule of law. Everyone should be included in the
approaches we are developing. No one should be left behind. No one should be
left behind because of their gender, no one should be left behind because of their skin color, no one should be left behind because of their beliefs, because of the
economic status, because of where they come from, no one should be left behind,
period.

Danny Hutson

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