18 Apr 2024 - by A4ID

A4ID CEO Joins Civil Society Leaders from across the Globe at the Commonwealth Peoples Forum 2015

From 23 – 26 November 2015, A4ID CEO Yasmin Batliwala attended the Commonwealth People’s Forum – a gathering of third and public sector professionals from across the Commonwealth.

The forum was a platform to discuss development issues which affect Commonwealth countries. The UN Sustainable Development Goals were a major talking point at these discussions – particularly Goal 16 which calls for a greater relationship between development and justice.

In the run-up to the conference, Yasmin attended a meeting focused on discussing this very goal on 22 November 2015. Sessions covered the implementation of measures aimed at promoting access to justice at national and sub-national levels, as well as the required accountability necessary to ensure progress on this goal.

Other leading civil society and government officials present at this meeting include representatives from around the world, including the Royal Commonwealth Society (UK), Commonwealth Human Rights Society (India) all followed by closing remarks from Maria Camilleri Calleja, an Assistant Director at Malta’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The conference itself also featured an impressive speaker line-up of thinkers and activists from across the globe, with the keynote speech delivered by world renowned activist, scholar and author Vandana Shiva.

Over all, the event was a powerful display of a cross-border commitment to the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals, and an affirmation of the vast potential that can only be tapped through international collaboration.

Partnership, brokerage and synergy lie at the heart of all A4ID does. Events like these reaffirm our commitment to this ethos and encourage us to continue the important work of calling for the law to play a greater role in advancing development.