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Workshop Series 2017-2019 International Law for Sustainable Development Goals

From:Th 18-05-2017
Until:Th 28-02-2019
Where:Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law, University of Groningen is pleased to announce & invite you to the International Law for the Sustainable Development Goals Workshop Series 2017-2019.

In 2017-2019 the Department of International Law, University of Groningen, will organise a Workshop Series and an International Conference to explore the role and relevance of international law to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. International lawyers, including academics and practitioners, alongside policy-makers, civil society, industry and experts from other disciplines will discuss how international law can shape, bolster and constrain the realisation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the coming years.

A “supremely ambitious and transformational vision” for all

In September 2015, 196 world leaders adopted the new global development agenda for 2015-2030, widely known as the “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs). The SDGs Agenda consists of an ambitious set of 17 Goals and 169 targets, and stresses that these are to be “implemented in a manner which is consistent with the rights and obligations of States under international law”. In particular, States provide that the SDGs Agenda is:

… guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, including full respect for international law. It is grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international human rights treaties, the Millennium Declaration and the 2005 World Summit Outcome Document. It is informed by other instruments such as the Declaration on the Right to Development.

Despite the foregoing emphatic statement, what does it mean that the SDGs are guided by, grounded in, and informed by international law? International law itself is far from being self-evident and lacks consistency and implementation in various fields. This Workshop Series aims at exploring the role, potential and limitations of international law in achieving the SDGs.

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