The Law Society has issued an important statement on Ukraine which the LSA endorses and which is reproduced below. The statement can also be accessed via the Law Society website here.
The Law Society of England and Wales president Stephanie Boyce said:
“The Law Society stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, the Ukrainian National Bar Association and the Ukrainian Bar Association. We also stand with the Russian people who oppose their government’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, and lawyers who are defending the rule of law in the region.
“We condemn the actions of the Russian Federation, which are in contravention of international law. There is no doubt that these actions are a direct threat to the rule of law.
“We continue to support our members in the region at this difficult time.”
UN Global Compact Network UK’s ‘Reducing Scope 3 Emissions’ webinar series, running from March to July 2022.
Of interest to all LSA members – a series of webinars convening climate experts and business leaders in nine interactive sessions that will tackle each category of Scope 3 emissions as defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. There are already 6000 registrants for the series, with speakers confirmed from the Science Based Targets initiative, CDP, NatWest, Dentsu International, Schroders, Make My Money Matter, Shoosmiths, PA Consulting, Owen Mumford, and more!
These events are free, yet the content can have a real influence on sustainability and business strategy.
Source:UNEP Press Release 02.03.22
On 2 March 2022 Heads of State, Ministers of environment and other representatives from 175 nations endorsed a historic resolution at the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) today in Nairobi to End Plastic Pollution and forge an international legally binding agreement by 2024. The resolution addresses the full lifecycle of plastic, including its production, design and disposal.
President of UNEA-5 and Norway’s Minister for Climate and the Environment Espen Barth Eide stated “Against the backdrop of geopolitical turmoil, the UN Environment Assembly shows multilateral cooperation at its best. Plastic pollution has grown into an epidemic. With today’s resolution we are officially on track for a cure.”
The resolution, based on three initial draft resolutions from various nations, establishes an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC), which will begin its work in 2022, with the ambition of completing a draft global legally binding agreement by the end of 2024. It is expected to present a legally binding instrument, which would reflect diverse alternatives to address the full lifecycle of plastics, the design of reusable and recyclable products and materials, and the need for enhanced international collaboration to facilitate access to technology, capacity building and scientific and technical cooperation.
The treaty reflects the growing challenge of tackling plastic pollution:
Plastic production soared from 2 million tonnes in 1950 to 348 million tonnes in 2017, becoming a global industry valued at US$522.6 billion, and it is expected to double in capacity by 2040. The impacts of plastic production and pollution on the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature loss and pollution are a catastrophe in the making: