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UNDSG Eliasson to keynote 3rd High Level Meeting on Rule of Law, hosted by President Barroso and International IDEA

Posted: 2013-05-22

The rule of law is fundamental for any functioning democracy. It implies that governments are accountable by law and citizens are equal under the law. Today, Regional Organizations play an important role, not only in maintaining international peace and security, but also in promoting democracy, strengthening constitutional governance and the rule of law in their respective countries.

The world’s major Regional Organizations (AU, ASEAN, LAS, PIF, OAS, and SAARC) will meet in Brussels on 28 May 2013. The meeting – co-organized by the European Commission and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), and hosted by European Commission President José Manual Barroso – is the Third High Level Meeting of the Inter-Regional Dialogue on Democracy. UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, will be the keynote speaker.

The theme of the meeting ”Upholding and strengthening the Rule of Law in our Regions” responds to the increasing role that Regional Organizations play in the field of the rule of law and constitution building, including through initiatives undertaken in the field of human rights.

“Building on the High Level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on the Rule of Law, this meeting will give the Heads of the Regional Organizations a unique opportunity to exchange views, best practices and experiences, and also identify lessons that can be shared among the regions” International IDEA´s Secretary-General, Vidar Helgesen, said.

EU President Barroso, UN Deputy Secretary-General Eliasson and IDEA Secretary-General Helgesen will speak at a media conference after the meeting where a statement summarizing the discussions will be distributed.

International IDEA is the facilitator of the Inter-Regional Dialogue on Democracy, which is a leading platform for democracy for Regional Organizations.

More information about the Inter-Regional Dialogue on Democracy initiative at: http://www.idea.int/democracydialog/

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