The UN Agenda 2030 for sustainable development, the responsibility of governments and companies

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 goals agreed by the United Nations that aim to address a wide range of economic and social development issues, such as poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, urbanization, environment and social equality. SDGs are also known as Agenda 2030, named after the document entitled "Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development". Switzerland is also called upon to implement these objectives at national level, but with what instruments and approaches? 

The realisation of these objectives, and of the 169 sub-objectives associated with them, will be the prerogative of both governments and companies, and in the midst of these we find the legal sector, called upon to make its fundamental contribution to adapting the law to the needs of sustainability. To this purpose, the USI Institute of Law ( IDUSI ) organises a seminar - Thursday 12 March, from 1.30 pm in the Aula Magna (USI, Lugano campus) - to discuss the responsibilities of States and investors for the sustainable use of natural resources.

The event will consist of two parts : the first is an afternoon seminar open to students, the academic community and the public; the second is an evening stakeholder workshop subject to mandatory registration. 

The aim of these two meetings is to create a platform for dialogue between academics, public administrators, practitioners and the private sector  in order to discuss the concrete challenges and opportunities entailed by the need to transition to a sustainable model of natural resources management and governance from a bottom-up perspective. In particular, feedback from different stakeholders during the final workshop will be incorporated into the ILA Committee guidelines on sustainable management of natural resources.  

"The objective of the event is to understand how and to what extent the legal instruments currently available transpose the objectives of sustainable development and what are the main issues in translating these objectives into specific commitments on the part of all the actors involved", explains IDUSI professor Ilaria Espa . "In this sense, the academic community can play an important role in fostering dialogue between the different entities involved, providing incentives and support for the necessary activities to adapt the legal framework in this delicate phase of transition".

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