This conference is a part of the SDG+ Conference Series, which is a series of conferences being hosted by the Network for International Law Students in 17 different countries across Africa, Asia and Europe. It is a modest attempt on behalf of NILS to help promote the Sustainable Development Goals and take a step towards achieving Agenda 2030. Each of the 17 SDG Goals will be hosted in a different country, with Goal 15 being hosted in the United Kingdom.
Sustainable Development Goal 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.
Human life depends on the earth as much as the ocean for our sustenance and livelihoods. Plant life provides 80 percent of our human diet, and we rely on agriculture as an important economic resource and means of development. Forests account for 30 percent of the Earth’s surface, providing vital habitats for millions of species and important sources for clean air and water; as well as being crucial for combating climate change.
Today we are seeing unprecedented land degradation, and the loss of arable land at 30 to 35 times the historical rate. Drought and desertification is also on the rise each year, amounting to the loss of 12 million hectares and affects poor communities globally. Of the 8,300 animal breeds known, 8 percent are extinct and 22 percent are at risk of extinction.
The SDGs aim to conserve and restore the use of terrestrial ecosystems such as forests, wetlands, drylands and mountains by 2020. Halting deforestation is also vital to mitigating the impact of climate change. Urgent action must be taken to reduce the loss of natural habitats and biodiversity which are part of our common heritage.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? WHY TO ATTEND?
The conference is targeted mainly at students who are interested to learn the ideals and various aspects of Environmental Law, Biodiversity, Clean Energy etc. While the conference is open to anyone and everyone - law students and PhD researchers on the subject would benefit the most.
The Conference spanning for two days will deal with cutting-edge issues on the subject with the most eminent experts from London coming up at speakers. The second day will focus on extensive brainstorming session where the delegates sit together and brain-task on leading an actual change from there. A report from the conference will be submitted to various international bodies, including UN bodies as suggestions.