The welcome addresses were given by Dr. Tiago Antunes, Secretary of State for European Affairs, followed by Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary General and Legal Counsel of the United Nations.
The EPLO Global Rule of Law Commission, composed by personalities from all parts of the world, according to the principle of geographical representation, will develop a comprehensive Global concept of the Rule of Law with respect to Universal Values and diversity in a dialogue of civilizations.
The EPLO Global Rule of Law Commission shall be open to receive information from any part, for the state of the Rule of Law around the world. The Commission members shall not have political considerations in pursuing the execution of their duties and shall not have sanction powers of any kind. The commission operates from the EPLO Headquarters in Cascais, Portugal.
This meeting follows the official announcement of the initiative to the 6th Committee of the United Nations, New York, on 10 November, where the EPLO has permanent observer status to the General Assembly.
The EPLO, having among its aims the promotion of public law and governance worldwide, in cooperation with the United Nations system, established a Global Rule of Law Commission, in the frame of its Global Rule of Law Initiative, which was launched in 2019 at the UN Headquarters. The objective is to develop a comprehensive Global concept of the Rule of Law with respect to Universal Values and diversity, in a dialogue of civilizations. The Commission shall be available to all the nations to provide, if asked, advice and expertise on issues of Rule of Law.
A side event for the presentation of the commission, sponsored by the Permanent Representations of Greece, Italy, Mozambique and Portugal to the United Nations took place on 14 November 2022, at conference room 7 at the UN Headquarters in New York.
The event was welcomed by Mr Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel and by: Ambassador Maria Theofilie, Permanent Observer of Greece to the United Nations, Ambassador Maurizio Massari, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations, Ambassador Ana Paula Zacarias, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations and Mr Omar Remane, Sixth Committee delegate for Mozambique.
Keynote Speaker was the President of the Committee, Professor Giuliano Amato, former President at the Constitutional Court of Italy, former Prime Minister of the Italian Republic.
The event was chaired and moderated by Ambassador Barbara Faedda, Permanent Observer of EPLO to the United Nations NYC.
The audience addressed also Ms Teresa Violante, Director of the Institute for the Global Rule of Law and Professor Spyridon Flogaitis, Director of the EPLO.