In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This historic document constituted a transformative 'plan for action for people, planet and prosperity' with regards to the sustainable development efforts of all countries.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals: A Commentary serves as an expert compendium, the most authoritative ready-reference tool for anyone interested in the SDGs. Each chapter comprises a detailed target-by-target analysis of one of the SDGs, including a methodical analysis of the preparatory proceedings that shaped each goal in its present form, an exhaustive examination of their content, and a critical assessment from an international law perspective.
This commentary provides readers with the most up-to-date information on normative and legal questions arising from the incorporation of the SDGs into the international economic, social, and environmental legal frameworks, and on their implementation status. Scholars, practitioners, and those interested in the fields of law, politics, development, economics, environmental studies, and global governance will find this book a must-read.
1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere / Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer
2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture / Elif Askin
3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages / Christina Binder, Jane Hofbauer
4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all / Jane Kotzmann, Morgan Stonebridge, and John R Morss
5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls / Rangita de Silva de Alwis
6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all / Owen McIntyre
7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all / Francesco Seatzu, Katerina Akestoridi
8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all / Francesco Seatzu, Katerina Akestoridi
9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation / P. Sean Morris
10. Reduce inequality within and among countries / Johanna Aleria Lorenzo
11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable / Hannah Birkenkötter
12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns / Katerina Mitkidis, Adriana Sefcikova
13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts / Francesca Romanin Jacur
14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development / Christos Kypraios, Irini Fasia
15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss / Frederic Perron-Welch, Jorge Cabrera, Dario Piselli, Alexandra Goodman, Aleksandra Spasevski
16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels / Tom Kabau
17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development / Andreas Rechkemmer, Damilola S. Olawuyi
Ilias Bantekas is Professor of Transnational Law at Hamad bin Khalifa University (Qatar Foundation), Adjunct Professor of international law at Georgetown University, Edmund A Walsh School of Foreign Service and Senior Associate Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) University of London. He has advised private clients, charities, governments, and inter-governmental organisations (UN, UNDP, EU, Council of Europe and others) in most fields of international law and transnational contracts. He also serves as an arbitrator in international commercial disputes.
Francesco Seatzu is Chair of International Law at the University of Cagliari. He has been Visiting Scholar and Professor at several universities, most recently the University of Huelva (2017), the University of Murcia (2018), and the University of Donostia-San Sebastian (2019). He is a Member of the Doctoral School of International and EU Law of the State University of Milano, the CIDOIE and the Italian Society of International Law.
Katerina Akestoridi was a Teaching Associate at Universite Catholique de Lille during the first semester of the academic year 2021-2022 while she also held a Fellowship at the Faculties of Law and Political Sciences of the University of Cagliari, Italy. She has practised law in Athens, Greece and consulted in the NGO sector (IBAHRI and EHRAC). Her current research focuses on the accountability of non-state actors for sustainable development and the nexus between Sustainable Development Goals and International Law.