Information
  • Lead-organizer: International Law on Sustainable Development Partnership (IDLO)
  • 15:30 - 17:00
  • Date: 18 Jun 2012
  • Room: P3-2

Legal Preparedness for the Green Economy

Organizing partners

International Development Law Organization (IDLO), in partnership with other inter-governmental organizations and leading developing countries from Asia, Africa and the Americas.

Introduction

This IDLO Legal Roundtable Dialogue on Legal Preparedness for the Green Economy, organized in partnership with other inter-governmental organizations and leading developing countries, will highlight the importance of an enabling legal environment , tailored legal instruments and rights-based approaches to access the benefits of the global green economy. With distinguished legal experts, a dynamic discussion will examine how regulatory reforms are assisting countries to overcome barriers and establish new incentives for sustainable development and poverty eradication. Developing country jurists will share experiences with tailored legal reforms, institutions and compliance. Cutting-edge legal knowledge will be disseminated through the global launch of a new Compendium of Legal Best Practices on the Green Economy and an E-learning Course on Legal Preparedness for the Green Economy in several languages. This Legal Roundtable showcases the latest innovations in green economy laws, focusing on facilitating South-South knowledge sharing and defining practical green economy strategies.

Detailed programme

The continuing degradation of natural resources can seriously undermine the economic development gains of the last decades, as ecosystems become incapable of providing the goods and services on which hundreds of millions of the most vulnerable and poor depend. Economic instruments to develop the bio-economy and access to green markets can play a significant role in responding to this global challenge. An enabling legal environment, underpinned by good governance can enable developing countries to adopt a new sustainable development pathway.

This IDLO Legal Roundtable Dialogue on Legal Preparedness for the Green Economy, organized in partnership with other inter-governmental organizations and leading developing countries, will highlight the importance of an enabling legal environment and tailored legal instruments to access the benefits of the global green economy. With distinguished legal experts, a dynamic discussion will examine how regulatory reforms are assisting countries to overcome barriers and establish new incentives for sustainable development and poverty eradication. The Legal Roundtable will also feature expert jurists from developing countries such as Kenya, Vietnam, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, and Zambia who will share experiences with tailored legal reforms, institutions and compliance implemented around the world that have achieved success in meeting the economic, social and environmental objectives of sustainable development.

The Side Event will host the global launch of a cutting-edge new legal publication, a new Compendium of Legal Best Practices on the Green Economy. The Compendium contains legal analysis by international experts on key challenges and several law and policy options available to address the challenges within a green economy. The Compendium provides guidance to policy-maker and other stakeholders working to set up robust regulatory frameworks to promote green innovation. It highlights the importance of national and international law and policy in the context of the green economy transition, and provides a starting point for a contextualized analysis of best available practices and solutions. Ultimately, it will empower and inspire policymakers, especially in developing countries, to engage with the green economy agenda.

An E-Learning Course on Legal Preparedness for the Green Economy will also be launched at the Side Event. The course aims at enhancing the capacity of legal experts, officers and managers in the energy, natural resources, agriculture, and social responsibility fields from both the private and public sector to implement a legal framework to support the transition from the current ?brown economy? to the green economy. The course content highlights actions that strengthen sustainable development law, policy and practice to facilitate the emergence of a Green Economy through tailored reform of regulations, management system and procedures. The course facilitates access to cutting-edge legal knowledge to participants from around the world with access to a computer with internet. Upon completion of the course, participants will be trained to act as leaders within their countries to design and implement the legal aspects of the green economy transition, while also forming an international network of legal experts on the green economy.

The Side Event responds to the UNCSD?s call for concrete action by the UN, international organizations, and countries in developing green economy strategies, tailored to the specific needs of different countries and sectors. The activities focus on facilitating knowledge sharing and transfer, and building capacity to stimulate bold and decision action in support of the transition to the green economy.
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