Harnessing the Power of International Law
In Island nations from the Caribbean to the Pacific, communities struggle to plan for the effects of climate change that threaten their very existence. Peoples across sub-Saharan Africa battle against poverty, fighting to attract investment for development that does not exploit them or their environment. Global laws to promote and protect human rights remain unimplemented due to a sheer lack of resources and expertise.
International law is an invaluable tool in our collective quest for long-term, sustainable and fair solutions to global problems. It is at the heart of protecting the environment, enforcing human rights, preventing conflict and ensuring sustainable development through fair trade and investment. It holds the potential to directly improve the lives of millions around the world.
A fair, just, and peaceful world requires a fair and just global system of laws and institutions, one that respects and defends the basic equality of all human beings. Our own good fortune lies so much in the benefits of international law. It is our responsibility to ensure that the same opportunities are available to all peoples.