Division of Environmental Law and Conventions


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Measuring Progress Environmental Goals & Gaps

This report outlines findings from a UNEP study that, with support from the Government of Switzerland, has catalogued and analyzed existing “Global Environmental Goals” contained in the international agreements and conventions. It asks the fundamental question as to why the aims and goals of these policy instruments have often fallen far short of their original ambition and intentions. 

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Community Protocols for Environmental Sustainability:
A Guide for Policymakers
  Atmospheric Brown Clouds Emission Inventory Manual   Advancing Justice, Governance and Law
for Environmental Sustainability

   UNEP Compendium On Human Rights and the Environment

Selected international legal materials and cases (Advance Version)
Human Rights and the Environment: Joint Report OHCHR  and UNEP Human Rights and the Environment:
Joint Report OHCHR and UNEP
  The Role of Legal Instruments to Support Green Low-Emission and Climate-Resilient Development     Patents and Clean Energy Technologies
in Africa


  Compliance-Related Texts and Decisions of Selected Multilateral Environmental Agreements


Course on Compliance with and Enforcement of Multilateral Environmental

Auditing the implementation of Multilateral environmental agreements (MEAS):A Primer For Auditors

Ethics, Justice and the Convention on Biological Diversity     Atmospheric Brown Clouds Regional
Assessment report with focus on Asia
  Connecting the Dots
Biodiversity, Adaptation, Food Security
and Livelihoods

UNEP and Environmental Governance at a Glance UNEP and Environmental Governance at a Glance  

Technology Transfer and Cooperation under the Convention on Biological Diversity  

State of Biodiversity in Latin America and the Caribbean  

UNU-IAS Pocket Guide

English |Español | Français | 中文 | عربى | Русский

Learning from the practioners LEARNING FROM THE PRACTITIONERS  

Green Breakthroughs
Solving Environmental Problems Through Innovative Policies and Law

Glossary of Terms
For Negotiators of
Multilateral Environmental Agreements

Manual on Compliance with and Enforcement of MEAs  

MEAs Negotiator's Handbook

[English]   [French]



Register of International Treaties and Other Agreements in the Field of the Environment



Introduction / Table of contents
Part 1: Treaties concluded from 1921-1987
Part 2: Treaties concluded from 1987-2005

Guidebook for Policy and Legislative Development on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Freshwater Resources  

UNEP Guidelines on Compliance with and Enforcement of MEAs

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Simplified Guides to MEAs
Climate Change
Win Win solutions for the Climate and Ozone Layer: A simplified guide to the Special Report on HFCs and PFCs from the IPCC and the Technical and Economic Assessment Panel. English French Spanish  

Can Carbon Dioxide Storage help cut greenhouse emissions?  A simplified guide to the IPCC Special Report

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Raising Awareness on Climate Change: A handbook for government focal points English

How global warming will affect my world: A simplified Guide to the IPCC’s “Climate Change 2001. Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability”.

English French


A simplified guide to the IPCC’s “Climate Change 2001: Mitigation”

English French


Climate Change Fact sheets

English French


Biosafety and the Environment: An introduction to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

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A guide to Cooperation on the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

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Protecting human health and the environment: A Guide to the Rotterdam Convention on hazardous chemicals and pesticides

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Ridding the world of POPs: A Guide to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

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Minimizing Hazardous Wastes: 

A simplified guide to the Basel Convention

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Public Participation

Your Right to a Healthy Environment: A simplified guide to the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters

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Bioprospecting in the Global Commons: Legal Issues Brief

Black Carbon E-bulletin Volume 4 April 2012

Nagoya Issue Papers