UN Summits in 2015 – Looking for the Next Steps

UN Summits in 2015 – Looking for the Next Steps

The Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) Metropolitan Branch put the following event on at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

William Richardson spoke in an interesting evening seminar on this topical event with Norton Rose Fulbright LLP to learn about the ‘UN Summits in 2015 – Looking for the Next Steps’ with the following speakers and talks:

Caroline May, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Partner – Welcome and Introduction to the Theme

Tim Baines, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Counsel – COP21 Paris – What happens next?

William Richardson, Green Element Ltd, CIWEM Past-Chair Metropolitan Branch – Applied Sustainability for some of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development officially came into force, as adopted by world leaders in New York Summit in September 2015. Over the next fifteen years, with these new SDGs, which universally apply to all countries, the UN will mobilize efforts to reduce and minimise all forms of economic, social and environmental inequalities and tackle climate change. Especially on Climate Change with the COP21 Agreement in Paris in December 2015, further focus on improved environmental management has been placed on carbon and GHG emissions linked to the majority of human activities, most of which are related with our everyday activities and built infrastructure. While the SDGs are not legally binding, EU and UK Directives and legislation are expected to take ownership and establish national frameworks for the achievement of the SDGs, while meeting greater targets than those anticipated at COP21.

The purpose of this seminar was to address the outcomes of those UN Summits from 2015 and present the possible next stages to meet the targets set for EU and UK.

This short seminar was of interest to all those involved with the environmental and sustainability sectors from private and public bodies or NGOs; as well as water, wastewater and waste & resource management professionals, policy makers and implementers, and other planning & finance-related professionals.

Topics: Business, Legislation, William Richardson

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