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Environmental Governance

UNEP has a rich history assisting governments in obtaining environmental information for decision-making, enhancing global and regional environmental cooperation, developing and applying national and international environmental law, advancing national and regional implementation of environmental objectives, and bridging major groups and governments in policy development and implementation processes.

UNEP and Environmental Governance at a Glance

UNEP and Environmental Governance at a Glance

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Human Rights and the Environment
The Compendium on human rights and the environment takes stock of the normative and jurisprudential developments in the field of human rights and the environment. It describes international instruments that relate to human rights and the environment, such as multilateral environmental agreements, international human rights treaties, and international resolutions and declarations. 

The objective of the publication is to identify and promote good practices relating to the use of human rights obligations and commitments to inform, support and strengthen environmental policy making, especially in the areas of environmental protection and management.Read More

Environmental Rule of  Law

At Rio +20, over 250 of the world’s Chief Justices, Attorneys General and Auditors General seized a generational opportunity to contribute to the debates on the environment at the World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability organized by UNEP and adopt the Rio+20 document entitled ‘The Future We Want’. 

Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability

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International Environmental Governance Reform:
The issues revolving around the theme of the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development (IFSD) are complex and numerous and the information that exists on it is often dispersed and sometimes not easily accessible. The Issue Brief series has been prepared in order to address some of these information and knowledge gaps as well as to assist stakeholders to understand some of the main issues that have been raised over the course of recent formal and informal meetings concerning the environmental pillar of IFSD. 

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Consultative Process on Financing Options for Chemicals and Wastes:
The purpose of the consultative process is to analyse the current situation with regard to financing for chemicals and waste management at the national level, including but not limited to the implementation of Party obligations under chemicals-related multilateral environmental agreements, and to devise strategic, synergistic proposals for improving it. Read more...

Building capacities to strengthen carbon markets in African countries:
Carbon markets are an essential mechanism for the successful implementation of the international climate change regime. The flexible mechanisms established under the Kyoto protocol are among the principle drivers of the development of such markets especially in developing countries. Read More

Environmental Law Guidelines
Further Resources

UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI)

UN Environment Management Group (EMG)

Poverty-Environment Initiative

Regional Seas Programme

United Nations Information Portal on Multilateral Environment Agreements

ECOLEX - The Gateway to Environmental Law



Global Environmental Goals (GEGs)

UNEP priority areas
Climate Change
Disasters and Conflicts
Ecosystem Management
Harmful Substances
Resource Efficiency
Other thematic areas
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