Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development

Sponsors
AmericanBar Association
Standing Committee on Environmental Law
Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
Section of State and Local Government Law
Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
Section of Business Law
Section of International Law and Practice
Young Lawyers Division

RESOLVED , that the American Bar Association recognizes that good governance and the rule of law are essential to achieving sustainable development.

FURTHER RESOLVED , that the American Bar Association reaffirms its 1991 commitment to sustainable development, and adopts the internationally accepted concept of sustainable development, as recognized at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 and subsequent international conferences: simultaneous achievement of environmental protection, economic development, social development, and peace, for present and future generations.

FURTHER RESOLVED , that the American Bar Association encourages governments, including U.S. federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial bodies, as well as businesses, nongovernmental organizations, and other entities, to promote sustainable development, including by adopting and implementing appropriate measures with respect to their own facilities and activities.

FURTHER RESOLVED , that the American Bar Association urges the U.S. government to meet the targets and timetables for sustainable development that are contained in the Plan of Implementation adopted at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, in September 2002, that are applicable to the United States and to which the United States agreed.

FURTHER RESOLVED , that the American Bar Association should enter into appropriate partnerships with governments, including U.S. federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial bodies, as well as with businesses, nongovernmental organizations, and other entities, to help foster sustainable development and to help achieve the targets and timetables that are contained in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, to which the United States agreed.

FURTHER RESOLVED , that the American Bar Association should consider and promote sustainable development principles in the work of its entities, and encourage communication
and cooperative action among its entities to better understand and promote the principles of sustainable development in relevant fields of law.

FURTHER RESOLVED , that the American Bar Association urges international, state, local, tribal, and territorial bar associations to adopt similar resolutions.

Adopted by the ABA House of Delegates, August 11-12, 2003, San Francisco, CA.

  For a copy of the complete report, contact Carrie Coleman at scel@americanbar.org .

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