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Our mission and the Sustainable Development Goals

“The SDGs will help us engage our stakeholders in improving our contribution to eradicating poverty, protecting the environment and empowering people and communities. The framework enables us to have greater impact on these issues through collaboration”

 

Matt Sparkes, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Linklaters LLP

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed by 193 countries at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015. They set 169 targets and further indicators that every UN member state will use in framing their agendas and political policies until 2030.

Scroll down through the page to see how our work is furthering the SDGs.

Operational since January 2016, the 17 SDGs supersede the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were agreed in 2000 and expired in 2015. The SDGs are ‘a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity’. They seek to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. They are integrated and indivisible and seek to balance the multiple dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental. Aiming to achieve the human rights of all, the SDGs relate to poverty, food security, health, education, the economy, the environment, gender, sustainability and more.

Goal 16 (Peace and Justice, Strong Institutions) is particularly relevant to A4ID, given our commitment to providing development organisations with the highest calibre legal advice. Nevertheless, we provide legal support in pursuit of all the SDGs, with the ultimate goal of eradicating poverty and creating a more equitable global society.

Why Sustainable Development matters to lawyers

The law is critical role in the achievement of the SDGs. Robust legal systems provide an essential pillar for success across all aspects of development: they safeguard human rights, uphold the rule of law and ensure equality and non-discrimination.

The SDGs mark an opportunity for lawyers to make a tangible contribution. They cannot be realised without full, active participation from the international legal community. This has already been recognised by many of the world’s largest law firms that are A4ID legal partners.

Beyond that, the creation of more effective legal systems has manifest commercial benefits for international companies and the international law firms which they use when doing business in developing markets. Likewise, the development of effective legal systems is integral to the growth of developing economies. Through A4ID, law firms and companies can do much to assist.

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16 Mar 2017

Brexit Briefing: Environmental Law (March 2017)

This guide identifies key legal and advocacy considerations for UK based international development organisations in light of Brexit in relation to environmental law and policy.

Brexit Briefing Impact on UK Environmental Law

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20 Feb 2017

Intellectual Property Law: Impact on NGOs

This guide explains trademark, copyright, patent and trade secret law, and how they are relevant to NGOs.

Intellectual Property Law Impact on NGOs

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7 Feb 2017

EU Registration Options for NGOs: Preparing UK-based NGOs for Brexit

This guide outlines the main legal forms available to NGOs in Belgium, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and Spain. It is part of A4ID’s support to UK NGOs considering their options as a result of the UK referendum decision to leave the EU.

EU Registration Options for NGOs

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3 Jan 2017

What Lawyers Can Do About Climate Change

This paper relates to a joint A4ID/KCL workshop that examined climate change from a legal perspective.

The workshop was motivated by the developing reality that ‘climate change law’ is now extending beyond high-level international negotiations, environmental frameworks and legal campaigning to infiltrate daily legal practice and adjudicatory proceedings through a variety of legal sub-disciplines.

What Lawyers Can Do About Climate Change

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22 Dec 2016

Intellectual Property Law, Nigeria

Download this helpful legal guide on Intellectual Property Law in Nigeria and how it might affect and be used by non-profit organisations in furthering their objectives.

Intellectual Property Law, Nigeria

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12 Sep 2016

Competition Law: Impact on NGOs and Charities

Download this helpful legal guide on Competition Law and how it might affect and be used by charities and NGOs in furthering their aims.

Competition Law: Impact on NGOs and Charities

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8 Aug 2016

Checklist for Avoiding Defamation Claims

If you have taken our Online Defamation Training course, download this helpful checklist of key steps for protecting yourself from defamation claims.

A4ID checklist for avoiding defamation claims

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