The State of Kuwait becomes the first country from the global South to preside over of the Assembly of Parties of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), the world’s only intergovernmental organization exclusively devoted to advancing the rule of law. Taking over from the United States of America, Kuwait was elected as President at the annual meeting of IDLO’s Assembly of Parties in Rome on November 6, 2014.
“This marks a milestone in our relationship with IDLO, and we are honored and committed to provide our full support to IDLO,” said Mr. Nawaf A. Al-Mahamel, the Legal Adviser of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, which represents Kuwait’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in IDLO’s Assembly.
Visiting IDLO Headquarters in Rome shortly after the election, His Excellency Ali Khaled Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Ambassador of Kuwait to Italy, also reiterated his government’s full support to IDLO and the new Presidency.
Irene Khan, Director-General of IDLO, welcomed Kuwait’s new leadership role: “We greatly value Kuwait’s contribution to IDLO, as a committed Member Party, an important donor and recipient of rule of law expertise in the Gulf region, and now as the first President of IDLO from the developing world.”
Thanking the United States of America at the end of its term of office as President, Ms. Khan stated: “We are very grateful to the United States for its support and leadership over the past four years which were instrumental in taking the Organization to a new level of expansion and relevance.”
The Assembly commended IDLO’s impressive growth with a threefold expansion of its programs worldwide, despite debate in the international community over the place of the rule of law in the post-2015 development agenda. The announcement of Yemen and Pakistan’s imminent membership to IDLO and Sweden’s intention to sign a multi-year agreement, further highlighted the relevance of IDLO’s mandate to advance the rule of law.