International Development Law Organization


Conference Themes

Theme 1: Preventing conflict and sustaining peace in an increasingly fragile world.

Over the past year, we have seen growing violence and conflict as the pandemic has exposed and exacerbated tensions within and between countries. While the biggest impact has been in contexts of state fragility, the crisis has also decreased civic space, increased polarization and generated grievances across the development spectrum. Women and girls, youth and other groups living in conditions of marginalization have borne the brunt of conflict while often being unable to participate in decision-making during peacebuilding processes. This theme will focus on identifying how COVID-19 is contributing to the root causes and drivers of conflict and instability and seek to identify solutions and preventive measures. It will examine approaches to build and sustain development in conflict-affected contexts, counter growing polarization, and tackle disinformation and misinformation. Given the importance of gender equality for the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, a particular emphasis will be placed on advancing the women, peace and security agenda


Theme 2: Building institutional resilience and enhancing the effectiveness, accountability and responsiveness of institutions.

The past year has seen the pandemic remain at the forefront of national and international agendas, rather than receding as was hoped for. What began as a massive shock on societies and institutions has turned into a factor of continuing, long-duration stress for institutions at all levels, creating new challenges and sometimes bringing public services to the brink of collapse. This has been observed in countries at all levels of development. In this context, this sub-theme will focus on the identification of critical issues having emerged within the past 12 months, and on ways to improve the resilience and effectiveness of institutions in times of prolonged stress. Discussions under this sub-theme will look at the following aspects: challenges, changes and innovations made in the delivery of public services in response to the pandemic (e.g. health, education, Internet, childcare), including e-services; lessons learned and ways forward to increase institutional preparedness and resilience to future crises and risks; advances made to increase collaboration and coordination across levels of government; solutions to enhance transparency and accountability in the public sector during the pandemic and beyond; and how the pandemic has spurred national reflections on how to bolster the capacity, professionalism and effectiveness of public servants, who have been central to pandemic responses.


Theme 3: A new vision for the rule of law to address global challenges.

Even before COVID-19, more than 1.5-billion people had a justice problem they could not resolve. For many, barriers include lack of their awareness of rights, not being able to physically access a court, or pay for legal services. The justice gap continued to widen as the need for legal protection and services increased even as the ability to access justice and claim rights came under pressure from public health restrictions. COVID-19 aggravated the scale and impact of corruption, contributing to a crisis of confidence in governance. Through the approach of a “new vision” for the rule of law, this theme will explore approaches to people-centred justice based on evidence and a better understanding of justice seeker’s needs including the particular justice challenges faced by women and girls. It will look at ways in which the rule of law can combat corruption and empower the less powerful to claim their human rights. It will also look at the importance of applying a justice lens to current and emerging issues such as climate change.


Theme 4: Leaving no one behind: Ensuring inclusion, protection and participation.

Developments in the past 12 months have highlighted the dire human and social impacts of inequalities and exclusion in multiple dimensions – often exacerbated by the impacts of the pandemic – and the risk they pose for social stability and sustainable development. It is more urgent than ever to address inequality in a structural, multi-pronged way. The discussions in this segment will consider the progress made during the past two years and policy innovation in the following dimensions: establishing universal social protection systems; providing legal identity to all; enhancing access to education, housing and decent work opportunities, and addressing unpaid care work; increasing digital inclusivity; accelerating gender equality through the repeal of gender-discriminatory laws, changing damaging social norms, promoting gender parity and greater engagement of women in all spheres of decision-making, and eradicating violence against women and girls; sustaining and promoting stakeholder engagement through participatory decision-making (including e-participation and digital space), mechanisms to address grievances, and inclusive dialogues to chart pathways for the future; realizing commitments to young people and future generations.


  • 10:00 – 12:30 CET  |  Civil society consultation (closed meeting)

    Stakeholder meeting on the Rome civil society Declaration on SDG16 +

  • 14:00 – 14:30 CET  |  Opening of the Conference

    Welcome and introductions:
    - Ms. Marina Sereni, Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy:
    Opening remarks:
    - Message from H.E. Mr. Abdulla Shahid, President of the United Nations General Assembly
    - Message from H.E. Mr. Collen Vixen Kelapile, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council
    - Message from Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy-Secretary-General, United Nations
    - Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations
    - Ms. Jan Beagle, Director-General, IDLO
  • 14:30 – 16:00 CET  |  Session 1: Preventing conflict and sustaining peace in an increasingly fragile world

    - H.E. Mr. Gamal Mohamed Hassan, Minister of Planning, Investment and Economic Development, Somalia
    H.E. Ms. Cindy McCain, Permanent Representative of the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome, Vice-President of the Assembly of Parties of IDLO
    - Ms. Elizabeth Spehar, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, UN DPPA (online)
    -Ms. Emanuela Claudia Del Re, European Union Special Representative for the Sahel
    - Mr. Diego García-Sayán, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers (online)
    - Mr. Helder da Costa, General Secretary, g7+ Secretariat
    - Ms. Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace
    - Ms. Lynrose Jane D. Genon, Faculty, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology
    Moderator: Ms. Ilaria Bottigliero, Director, Policy, Research and Learning, IDLO
  • 16:15 – 17:30 CET  |  Session 2: Building institutional resilience and enhancing the effectiveness, accountability and responsiveness of institutions

    - Mr. Giuseppe Busia, President, National Anti-Corruption Authority, Italy
    - Ms. Lily Fati Soale, Director, Finance and Administration, Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Ghana
    - Ms. Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO (online)
    - Ms. Sarah Lister, Head of Governance, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP (online)
    - Ms. Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Chair, United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration; Chancellor, Nelson Mandela University (online)
    - Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Dean, International Anti-Corruption Academy
    - Mr. Juan Pablo Guerrero, Network Director, Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (online)
    - Mr. John Romano, Coordinator, Transparency, Accountability and Participation Network
    - Mr. Lawrence O. Gostin, Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University (online)
    Moderator: Ms. Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UNDESA
  • 17:30 – 17:45 CET  |  Presentation of the Rome civil society Declaration on SDG16 +



Day 2 - 22 April 2022

  • 10:00 – 12:30 CET  |  Morning programme

    Visit to “Collezione Farnesina”
  • 14:00 – 15:30 CET  |  Session 3: A new vision for the rule of law to address global challenges

    Opening remarks
    - Ms. Ghada Fathi Waly, Executive Director, UNODC (online)
    - Ms. Cecilia Ruthström-Ruin, Ambassador for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden (online)
    - Mr. Giovanni Tartaglia Polcini, Magistrate, Legal Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy
    - Ms. Maria Chiara Malaguti, President, International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT)
    - Ms. Antonia Marie De Meo, Director, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) (online)
    - Mr. Massimo Tommasoli, Director, Global Programmes and Permanent Observer for International IDEA to the United Nations
    - Mr. Eihab Omaish, Head of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General’s Rule of Law Unit (online)
    - Ms. Tatyana Teplova, Head of Division, Policy Coherence for SDGs, and Senior Justice Counsellor, OECD
    - Mr. Aidan Eyakuze, Executive Director, Twaweza East Africa and Civil Society Co-Chair of the Open Government Partnership
    - Ms. Yamide Dagnet, Director, Climate Justice, Open Society Foundations
    Moderator: Mr. Fabricio Guariglia, Director, The Hague Office, IDLO
  • 15:45 – 17:15 CET  | Session 4: Leaving no one behind: Ensuring inclusion, protection and participation

    - Mr. Fabrizio Petri, Special Envoy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for the Human Rights of LGBTIQ+ people, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy
    - Ms. Gillian Triggs, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, UNHCR (online)
    - Mr. Olivier De Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights (online)
    - Ms. Sarah Hendriks, Director, Policy, Programme and Intergovernmental Division, UN Women (online)
    - Mr. Emmanuel Ametepey, Founder and Executive Director, Youth Advocates Ghana
    - Mr. Mandeep Tiwana, Chief Programmes Officer, Head of the New York office, CIVICUS (online)
    - Ms. Isabel Ortiz, Director, Global Social Justice Program, Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University (online):
    Moderator: Mr. Luca Maestripieri, Director, Italian Agency for Development Cooperation


  • 17:15 – 17:45 CET  |  Reporting back from sessions

    Moderator: Mr. Leonardo Bencini, Head of the Unit for strategies and multilateral global processes for development cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy

  • 17:45 – 18:15 CET  |  Closing of the Conference

    Closing remarks:
    - Mr. Fabio Cassese, Director-General for Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy
    - Ms. Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UNDESA
    - Ms. Jan Beagle, Director-General, IDLO

Conference Programme

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