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The UN is halfway through creation of an agenda to guide sustainable development from 2015 to at least 2030. This major undertaking, global in coverage and universally applicable, reflects the complexity of sustainable development and poverty eradication.
The nations of the United Nations have negotiated a set of 17 wide-ranging “Sustainable Development Goals” and 169 “targets” within each Goal.
Sustainable development is increasingly important for lawyers and their clients. As the UN finalizes a Post-2015 Development Agenda with new Sustainable Development Goals, the ABA is furthering its longstanding commitment to sustainable development.
I am writing to inform you that the ABA is committed to working with the UN in its efforts to adopt Sustainable Development Goals and implement the UN’s broader Post-2015 Development Agenda. The ABA has long supported an effective UN as essential to achieving peace, promoting sustainable development, and advancing the rule of law.
At this time of intense debate over the Post-2015 Development Agenda, this article highlights the undeniable link between the rule of law and progress toward sustainable development and illustrates how rule-of-law approaches have a transformative impact.
The rule-of-law concerns that gave rise to Magna Carta 800 years ago are still critically important to our global community and are reflected in the proposed UN Sustainable Development Goals. Moreover, the Magna Carta’s concept of rule of law is essentially the same as that embodied in the Goals.
Ending energy poverty by delivering scalable, resilient, efficient, and affordable low-carbon and sustainable energy is among the global priorities to be integrated within the UN’s Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals.
Undoubtedly, international trade law, as a mechanism for defining the scope and direction of economic ties between countries, has an essential role to play in the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The footprints of science, technology, and human social organization have never disturbed the natural world as intensely as they do today. Their impact has created threats unique to the twenty-first century, and we must recalibrate the way security is pursued.
Large-scale investments in extractive industries can be plagued by demands for renegotiation of agreements and breakdowns in the relationship between the host country and investor. Mechanisms are needed to smooth the process of dealing with inevitably changing circumstances.
This issue of ILN leads me to two conclusions: (1) the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda addresses the most important topics for all nations today, and (2) correct implementation through the rule of law is essential for achieving its goals.
The UN and its partners have been engaged in consultations at an unprecedented scale at the country, regional, and global levels to define the blueprint of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. I urge the ABA to engage in this ongoing process.
Hans Corell (Sweden) was, from 1994 to 2004, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations, a position he describes as “one of the most fascinating legal positions you can hold in the world.”
A party seeking attorney fees under foreign law carries the burden of proving the applicability (or nonapplicability) of that law. An interesting application of this rule arose in an international civil case in which a $13.4 million award was cut to less than $30,000.