International Conference on
"Contribution of International Environmental Law for Sustainable Development: Global and National Perspectives"

Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, Delhi-110 007

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Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

The Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, a Centre of Excellence in the field of Legal Education, was established in 1924. It has three Centres, namely, Campus Law Centre, Law Centre-I, and Law Centre-II. It offers LL.B., LL.M., M.C.L. (Master of Comparative Law for foreign students), Ph.D. and D.C.L. courses. The Faculty offers a full-fledged paper on Environmental Law in LL.B. V Term. This paper includes topics on International Environmental Law. The subject of Environmental law is also being offered in LL.M. which covers International Environmental Law in detail. A good number of students of Ph.D., LL.M. and M.C.L. are working in the area of International Environmental law for their Theses, Dissertations and Research Papers. The Faculty proposes to organise a three-day International Conference on "Contribution of International Environmental Law for Sustainable Development: Global and National Perspectives" during February 17-19, 2012.

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Environmental problems such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, rapid desertification, pollution of water, atmosphere and land, etc., drastically deteriorate the national and international environment; adversely affect health and livelihood options of human beings besides weakening the opportunities for sustainable development. Twenty years ago, the Agenda 21 remarked: "Humanity stands at a defining moment in history. We are confronted with a perpetuation of disparities between and within nations, a worsening of poverty, hunger, ill health and illiteracy, and the continuing deterioration of the ecosystems on which we depend for our well-being." This observation holds good even today. The economic and environmental problems are on the rise and social conditions of people are further deteriorating. A large number of conventions, treaties and protocols have been adopted at the international level from time to time to address the specific issues of global environment. A new impetus was given to the efforts of global environmental protection with the adoption of Stockholm Declaration in 1972. Thereafter, numerous efforts have been made to evolve new strategies to achieve a balance between environmental, economic and social concerns in order to promote sustainable development. The Rio Summit, 1992 reaffirmed the significance of sustainable development and elaborated it in the Rio Declaration and Agenda 21. Over the years, sustainable development has redefined development goals globally, changing growth patterns worldwide. It demands that growth must not be centred exclusively on economics, but must also be socially inclusive and environment friendly. The principles of sustainable development emphasise coordination among the three pillars: economic growth, social justice, and environment protection. Agenda 21 advocated global partnership for sustainable development to integrate these three pillars that will help fulfillment of basic needs, improved living standards, better protected ecosystems and usher in a safer and prosperous future for all.