IDLO Partnership Forum 2018 | H.E. Inga King on the rule of law for sustainable development – #SDGs

IDLO Partnership Forum 2018 | H.E. Inga King on the rule of law for sustainable development – #SDGs


Thank you Director-General, excellencies,
distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. It is a great pleasure to
address you today in my capacity as president of the Economic and Social
Council. I sincerely appreciate the work and long-standing partnership of the
International Development Law Organization in promoting the rule of
law and the development including in the context of the 2030 Agenda. The theme of
this forum taking stock of sustainable development and the rule of law in
turbulent times is a weighty one, yet could hardly be more pivotal. The rule of
law and sustainable development are interconnected and mutually reinforcing.
Accordingly the rule of law is a crucial component and an accelerator of
sustainable development efforts, a game-changing feature of the
SDGs is that they prominently feature institutions both as a cross-cutting
issue in many of the goals and as a standalone goal SDG 16, not as an
afterthought or only as part of an enabling environment. The inclusion of a
comprehensive Goal 16 underlines the awareness of UN member-states of its
importance for the achievement of all the SDGs. It has encouraged a greater
focus on a paradigm where the institutional set up itself is a primary
enabler and plays a determinant role in sustainable development outcomes. The
strengthening of national institutions to deliver the SDGs is seen as a
priority in many member states as shown by their presentations in the voluntary
national reviews at the UN High-level political forum on sustainable
development since 2016. Indeed SDG 16 is far
reaching, the goal speaks to the fundamental structures and principles of
our governments and societies it is particularly these characteristics that
distinguish its catalytic role in the realization of the 2030 Agenda in its
entirety. Accountability, transparency and access to information, anti-corruption
and inclusive decision-making are relevant across all the SDGs. As you know
the 2019 HLPF will review in depth sustainable development goals 4, 8, 10,
13, 16 and those of you who don’t know what these are, I will speak
specifically to them later on, and as it has done on a yearly basis on Goal 17.
I am fully committed to ensuring the success of the session and to mobilizing
all member states and stakeholders to continue to
advocate for the implementation of the entire 2030 Agenda. The theme of the
upcoming HLPF is empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.
Inclusiveness and equality are defining features of the 2030 Agenda and are
clearly supported by SDG 16. The goal emphasizes access to justice that is
equal for all and the promotion of the rule of law. With SDG 16 we strive for
decision-making that is inclusive and participatory, institutions that are
accountable and transparent. The provision of legal identity for all and
laws and policies that are non-discriminatory. Let me give you a few
examples of inter-linkages between SDG 16 and the other goals that will be
under review next year in HLPF along with SDG 16, and in that way giving life
to the tapestry that the DG speaks to. You will see when we look at
SDG 4 on education, the provision of legal identity is a critical step
towards achieving universal access to education for all boys and girls. Strong
institutions are critical to the provision of affordable and high quality
education at all levels. Improved access to information enables families to avail
themselves of educational opportunities and resources. Fewer conflicts and lower
levels of violence mean more children and young adults are in school and safe.
Reduced corruption lowers the diversion of resources away from schools and non
discriminatory laws and policies help to ensure that girls, children with
disabilities, migrant, indigenous and other children are not left behind.
SDG 8 addresses decent work for all and inclusive and sustainable economic
growth. Effective accountable and transparent institutions and you see I
keep repeating that and enhanced rule of law facilitate the enforcement of
regulations that promote safe and secure working environments. They protect labor
rights in support of decent work and equal pay they improve capacity of
domestic financial institutions to expand access to financial services the
reduction of all forms of violence efforts to end the abuse exploitation
and trafficking of children and equal access to justice supports the
eradication of both labor human traffic and child labor. Furthermore the
promotion and an enforcement of non discriminatory laws and policies and
legal identity for all improve employment entrepreneurial and financial
opportunities for members of excluded groups which also helps contribute to
economic growth. SDG 16 may be particularly conducive to the
achievement of Goal 10. SDG 16 attention to the rule of law and equal
access to justice, to legal identity for all, to inclusive and
representative decision-making, to protecting fundamental freedoms and to
promoting and enforcing non-discriminatory laws and policies aligns with and buttresses SDG 10’s aims
to ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome as well as
empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all. Moreover
strengthened institutions are better able to adopt appropriate
fiscal, wage and social protection policies towards advancing equality and
to facilitate the orderly and safe migration and mobility of people. In SDG
13 which is dedicated to addressing climate change, more effective
accountable and transparent institutions have greater capacity to take steps to
improve resilience and adaptive capacity to climate related hazards and natural
disasters public access to information and participatory inclusive responsive
decision-making also supports and reinforces the effectiveness of
education and awareness raising excuse me and the development of human
capacity on climate action including among vulnerable and marginalized
groups. SDG 16 is not only related to all other SDGs, it also embodies one of the
key messages of the 2030 Agenda, that there is no peace without development
and no development without peace. This is an increasingly recognized as the
General Assembly and the Security Council embraced the concept of
sustaining peace which recognizes that peace cannot be sustained when people’s
lives are improved through sustainable development paths excuse me and unless
institutions are strengthened. This is something IDLO has embraced as
well. In conclusion we are aspiring to fulfill the most ambitious sustainable
development agenda ever undertaken. SDG 16 is a building block for this agenda,
it must be met above all with political will and relentless follow-through by
all countries as this is a universal agenda for all this is why I truly hope
to further strengthen the partnership between IDLO and ECOSOC and the HLPF as members of an initiative so critical to SDG 16
and all other SDGs. I hope to see you in the HLPF and ECOSOC next summer. I look
forward to the fruitful discussions and outcomes of this forum. I thank you for
your attention

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