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Talk: "Do multilateral treaties (still) matter for development?"

  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Amartya Sen Conference Room FF-building, 10th floor, 304 East 45th St. New York, NY United States (map)

Description from program flyer:

The session discusses the contribution of multilateral treaties to the implementation of the 203o Agenda for Sustainable Development. Multilateral treaties and conventions enable and guide governments, institutions and people to realize shared objectives such as justice, peace and sustainable development. Yet, their effectiveness in driving development outcomes is sometimes questioned. 

Existing conventions, such as the Paris Agreement, essentially facilitate the progress to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in key areas such as in environment, climate change, global health, gender, and the rule of law. UNDP coordinates the implementation of several treaties such as the Montreal Protocol, the Minamata Convention on Mercury and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. These and many others have cross-sectoral implications for a wide variety of development outcomes, including in health and environment.

But why do we need conventions to effectively implement the SDGs? Isn’t national legislation the best way forward?