A4ID Annual Conference 2023

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After a successful inaugural Annual Conference in 2021, this year’s A4ID Annual Conference will once again convene legal professionals, development partners, and rule of law stakeholders from government and corporate sector to engage on the challenges, opportunities, and diversities of partnerships that are required to promote the equitable achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 17.

This year, the theme of the Conference: Harnessing the Power of Partnerships, will to confront current global trends (biodiversity, localisation, regionality) by not only debating how partnerships can address these trends but what kinds of partnerships are currently working, how partnerships are creating new ways of working, and what multi-stakeholder partnerships mean in practice.

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CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

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Partnerships of all types are vital for the achievement of the SDGs, even more so in times of global transition and crisis. This panel will explore the value of working in partnership to achieve our shared goals, as well as the importance of partnerships for scaling positive impact. The panel will also discuss the challenges of building and sustaining partnerships, particularly in the context of complex and shifting geopolitical dynamics. The expert speakers from diverse organisations will offer technical insights into working within different types of partnerships across the governmental, private and civil society sectors.

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Looking at the theme of partnerships and their value, this session first assesses the state of SDGs in South Asia and gathers the issues around their current understanding- their strengths and weaknesses as well as progress. As a unique insight into these SDGs, the session then looks at instances of private and public partnerships and how both sectors can use their respective strengths to provide a fertile ground for the SDGs to be achieved.

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Illegal wildlife trade poses a serious, long-term risk to the global economy and international security, In addition to threatening biodiversity. Tackling this trade is critical to both protecting wildlife, improving the lives of the vulnerable communities who live alongside it, and to combating corruption and international crime. This panel seeks to highlight this important issue and will also highlight how lawyers can get involved. The panel will specifically focus on three broad legal issues where lawyers can help, namely through supporting conservation organisations with direct pro bono support; assisting with legislative development and advocacy; and assisting with capacity building, especially around prosecution and judicial training.

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This panel aims to take on the question of how to tackle post-colonialism in development. Particularly, it aims to question how to conduct pro bono legal work in jurisdictions that have transplanted legal systems (a legacy of colonial powers), particularly when the technical/ legal experts are western. This contentious topic has been widely debated – this panel aims to address this issue head on, by confronting the proposal of south-to-south partnerships as a way forward.

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The Panel will engage lawyers in East Africa to discuss the nexus between climate change and rule of law, including the role that lawyers can play to support businesses to integrate climate change considerations in their operations and report on their climate change impact and mitigation actions in their nonfinancial reporting to investors, regulators, and other stakeholders. The Panel will also explore opportunities for partnership and collaboration between lawyers, and civil society and international development organisations to strengthen advocacy for climate justice and mitigate against potential adverse impacts of climate change in context of the COP 27 to be held in the continent in November 2022.

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The closing panel, co-hosted by Clifford Change, aims to reflect on key models and methods for securing long-term and effective partnerships, particularly involving legal assistance for the advance of SDG 16 and rule of law. Through illustrative examples and discourse on programmatic design, the closing session will provide a blueprint for how the legal community can contribute to global partnerships for sustainable development including through specific actions. Chapter 17 of A4ID’s Legal Guide to the SDGs will also be officially launched.
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