At the request of the Philippine Embassy in Rome, the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), led by IDLO Director-Generaland her top-level management, organized a briefing for the Ambassadors and Representatives of the ASEAN Committee in Rome (ACR), composed of the six ASEAN countries represented in Rome, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
During the briefing, the Director-General highlighted the unique importance of IDLO as the only inter-governmental body that is solely focused on the promotion of the rule of law (“It is our direct focus, main focus and only focus”), and detailed IDLO’s current programs and plans, specific to the interest of the ASEAN countries. ASEAN, as a regional group and as individual countries, was encouraged to strengthen engagement with IDLO and to likewise consider eventual IDLO membership.
Philippine Ambassador to Italy Virgilio A. Reyes, Jr., on the other hand, recognized IDLO for its knowledge database, network, legal experts and inter-disciplinary expertise in the rule of law while recalling that IDLO was instrumental in the publication of Philippines’ Benchmark for Trial Court Judges and the training of 416 Filipinos lawyers, legal and development practitioners.
In discussing IDLO’s climate change programs, IDLO congratulated the Philippines for the formulation and implementation of its Climate Change Act and informed the meeting that the said Act is recognized as a “best practice,” and is being used by IDLO as a gauge for possible replication in other countries.