The International Development Law Organization’s (IDLO) Director General Irene Khan warmly welcomed El Salvador as IDLO’s 27th Member Party, at a signing ceremony today at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“El Salvador’s accession to IDLO is a sign of the continued support and commitment of governments to promote good governance around the world,” said Ms. Khan. “Advancing the rule of law to create greater opportunities has become a priority for many countries and we hope to continue expanding the organization’s outreach in the Americas.”
“I am delighted that El Salvador has joined IDLO,” declared Maria Eulalia Jimenez, Minister Counselor of the El Salvador Embassy to Italy. “The rule of law and good governance are a high priority for my country and we look forward to making a significant contribution to the progress of the organization’s work.”
H.E. Ertharin Cousin, United States Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome, current President of the IDLO Assembly of Parties, said “It is with great pleasure that we welcome El Salvador to IDLO’s Assembly of Parties, we look forward to its active role in the future governance of IDLO.”
Over the past 25 years, IDLO has trained legal professionals from El Salvador in areas including international commercial public law, comparative judicial reform and the judicial and regulatory aspects of microfinance.
IDLO has already implemented a variety of programs in Latin America, including strengthening and expanding HIV-related legal services in Guatemala, supporting the humanitarian relief and reconstruction in Haiti and assisting anti-corruption initiatives for legal professionals in Peru and Nicaragua. In Asuncion, Paraguay, from 27-28 February 2012, IDLO hosted a regional workshop for public officials on best practices, standards and procedures for investigating and prosecuting human trafficking and empowering women and girls.
Good governance and the rule of law remains a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy as the United States recognizes these are pre-requisites to sustainable development and food security. In addition to serving as the President of the IDLO Assembly of Parties, the United States continues to provide unrestricted and programmatic funding to IDLO.
Ongoing programs that receive U.S. funding include a multi-year program in Afghanistan that supports the National Justice Sector Strategy by training judges, prosecutors and defense counsels, and establishing a legal aid center and violence against women units. The United States has also contributed with other donors to assist IDLO with the establishment of a legal training institute and strengthening of other justice sector institutions in South Sudan.