UN Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs or “Global Goals”) are a set of 17 ambitious yet realistic goals with associated targets for achieving a sustainable future for all.  The LSA encourages all members to consider using the framework of these goals for their own internal sustainability programmes.  LSA members are also urged to be proactive in finding ways in which they can, both individually and collectively through the LSA and other collaborations, play a meaningful part in helping to achieve these goals.

We will provide updates on how LSA members are stepping up to this challenge, as well as adding useful resources and links to help firms on the journey to achieving the Global Goals.

The UN statement announcing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (which provides context for these goals) says:

“This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognise that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which we are announcing today demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.  The Goals and targets will stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet”.

Resources:

LSA VIP Breakfast hosted by Norton Rose Fulbright (Sept 2018): How to Develop Sustainable Business

Case Study:  How LSA member firm Linklaters is responding to the Global Goals

SDG12: Why this UN goal should provide guidance to businesses, especially law firms

About the Global Goals – Official UN site