In 2014 IDLO signed agreements with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to build legal capacity to address public health challenges. The initial focus is on obesity, diabetes, healthy diets and physical activity. Also in 2014, IDLO, the WHO and the University of Sydney convened the first regional consultation on overweight, obesity, diabetes and law in the Western Pacific.
“Women’s participation is a matter of basic human rights and democratic principles. We cannot afford not to include women. This is not simply a question of what benefits women, but of what benefits the whole of society,” Ioana Liana Cazacu, Romanian Secretary of State for Gender Equality, told participants at a roundtable on women, business and the rule of law in New York .
"Our relationship with IDLO is a strategic one," said Pierfrancesco Sacco as he presented his credentials to IDLO Director-General Irene Khan, on March 17. Ambassador Sacco is Italy's new envoy to the United Nations agencies in Rome, whose mandate encompasses IDLO. He takes over from Gianni Ghisi, a long-standing friend and staunch supporter of the Organization.
Organized by IDLO to coincide with International Women's day, the roundtable -- 'Making Law and Justice Work for Women' -- brought together practitioners, policy makers and experts from both the developed and developing worlds.
On March 2, 2015 IDLO and Majority World opened a photography exhibition, "In Focus: Justice and the Post-2015 Agenda", at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. It features 35 images taken by photographers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, India and Kenya.
"Peace and justice cannot exist without a full realization of women's rights," The Hague Deputy Mayor Ingrid K. van Engelshoven told fellow panelists at a roundtable in the city. There was an ever-present need for what she called a 'gender lens'.
During a private event in Davos, Switzerland on 22 January 2015, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson stressed that “the rule of law is crucial for sustainable development, human rights, peace and security”.
IDLO has joined forces with International IDEA, the Stockholm-based Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, to organize an ambitious workshop on the role of the judiciary in constitutional transitions.
IDLO, in partnership with the International Criminal Court (ICC) and selected judicial training institutes and bar associations of francophone West Africa, has organized a pilot regional training seminar for defense counsel and other legal professionals in Dakar, Senegal.