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A new book Sustainable Development Goals: Article-by-Article Commentary recently published by C-EENRG Fellow Winfried Huck, Professor for International Economic Law and European Economic Law at Brunswick European Law School (BELS), Ostfalia University in Germany, provides the article-by-article legal commentary on the United Nations Global Agenda 2030 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

On 25 September 2015, the seventieth anniversary of the United Nations, the heads of state and governments of the member states unanimously adopted new global goals for sustainable development. The groundbreaking resolution, entitled "Transforming our world: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development", enshrines 17 goals and 169 targets, the SDGs, to achieve sustainable development at all levels and in all countries by 2030 through a holistic approach. Sustainable development, as it is conceptualised there, is a dynamic process that spans economic, social and environmental dimensions and ideally aims to create consensual positive change. Uniquely, the 2030 Agenda is more than a political resolution; it is a compass for moving towards a better and more equitable future, politically, socially and legally.

The article-by-article commentary offered by Professor Huck in the book does not present mere political solutions, but provides a comprehensive explanation of the Global Agenda 2030, the SDGs, its indicators and their interrelationships, and analyses them for their legal relevance in each of the goals. The main objective of the book is to offer a comprehensive analysis of the resolution that systematically refers to the Global Agenda 2030 and the SDGs.

The commentary addresses numerous substantive issues, delivers definitions, and places the SDGs, their targets and indicators in a legal context, reflecting appropriately on the jurisprudence of various jurisdictions. The book will benefit all those who have to decide on sustainability in a legal context referring to public law and referencing to private law in many cases as well. All politicians and decision-makers, as well as lawyers in these fields, receive a comprehensive commentary "from a single source" that legally analyses and comments on the Global Agenda and the SDGs. The legal implications of the SDGs for shaping legislation are manifold and clearly visible at all levels of cooperation, making this commentary particularly useful for the respective countries, cities and municipalities and their respective jurisdictions in aligning their sustainability policies with the SDGs.

In addition, the commentary can also contribute to the academic discussion for all institutions and associations in all disciplines and fields of expertise who want to acquire knowledge on how to assess the various sustainability aspects of the SDGs in a practical legal context. This commentary offers more than just orientation; it is a valuable guide for numerous fields of action in the widely ramified landscape of sustainability law.


Bibliographic references:

Huck, Winfried. (2022). Sustainable Development Goals: Article-by-Article Commentary. Nomos, CH Beck, Hart Publishing.

Assistant Editor: Jennifer Maaß

2022, 740 pages

C.H.BECK. ISBN 978-3-406-75351-0

NOMOS. ISBN 978-3-8487-6077-0

BLOOMSBURY ISBN 978-1-5099-3404-1


Read sample chapter:

Goal 14: Conserve and Sustainably Use the Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources for Sustainable Development