Rationale and purpose of the conference

Sustainable development is significant and immense challenges to all countries and all stakeholders. Billions of our citizens continue to live in poverty and are denied a life of dignity. There are rising inequalities and enormous disparities of opportunity within and among countries. Gender inequality, unemployment, natural resource depletion and environmental degradation are also major problems undermining the capacity of all countries to achieve sustainable development. One of the important initiatives to build the global sustainable development is the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Action Campaign. The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development calls on countries to begin their efforts to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years. Primarily, the SDGs aim to end poverty and hunger everywhere; to combat inequalities within and among countries; to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies; to protect human rights and promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; and to ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources. These global goals address the “win-win” cooperation on the three dimensions of a sustainable development including social, economic and environmental, as well as important aspects related to peace, justice and effective institutions. To pursuit global sustainability, one of the core drivers is an integrated approach to law and legal empowerment. The rule of law and good governance have been recognized as an essential element of the sustainable development. Unpacking the role of law alongside continuing development crucially catalyses the concrete efforts and ensure the success of the sustainable development implementation. As a consequence, no one will be left behind along the comprehensive SDGs journey.


This Third Conference of the NIDA Law for Development aims to review the importance of sustainability in transforming our world from different perspectives, particularly the role of law on building holistic approaches to achieve sustainable development for all, as well as to discuss the challenges it poses and the opportunities it offers. The purpose is to gain better understanding of the concept and explore feasible paths to accomplishing the 17 SDGs.  


The focus of the conference

The conference welcomes contributions from academic researchers, practitioners, policy makers, educators, community leaders and students. The contributions may come from any of the relevant fields, including law, economics, social sciences, development studies, and international studies, among others.  The contributions may address, broadly, any of (but not limited to) the 17 SDGs as follows:

GOAL 1End poverty in all its forms everywhere

GOAL 2End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

GOAL 3Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

GOAL 4Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

GOAL 5Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

GOAL 6Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

GOAL 7Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

GOAL 8Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

GOAL 9Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

GOAL 10Reduce inequality within and among countries

GOAL 11Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

GOAL 12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

GOAL 13Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

GOAL 14Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

GOAL 15Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

GOAL 16Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

GOAL 17Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development