Governance

The current system of global environmental governance reflects the challenge of assembling cooperation among the international community, even on environmental matters that all agree require common action. There are three elements to global environmental governance. One element is comprised of intergovernmental organizations within the United Nations system, led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which are responsible for developing and coordinating environmental and sustainable development policy at the international level. A second element is the framework of international environmental law, which takes the form of a large number of environmental treaties. These treaties, such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, are legally binding agreements that call on countries to take joint action on environmental problems. A third element is the financing mechanism to build capacity to carry out treaty commitments, to supplement national efforts toward sustainable development in poorer countries, and to support the UN agencies and treaty secretariats that coordinate and carry out environmental efforts. These include the bilateral development assistance, the World Bank, other regional development banks, UN funds like the UN, the Global Environment Facility, philanthropies, and the private sector.

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Glasgow Climate Change Conference

The Glasgow Climate Change Conference is a uniquely symbolic moment occurring in uncertain times.
Conference of the Parties (COP) 31 October 2021 - 12 November 2021

UN Biodiversity Conference Part I

After a year’s delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Biodiversity Conference will convene virtually to build political momentum for the adoption of a new global biodiversity framework in 2022.
Conference of the Parties (COP) 11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021

UN World Data Forum 2021

The UN World Data Forum brings together data providers and users and other experts from governments, civil society, the private sector, donor and philanthropic bodies, international and regional agencies, the geospatial community, the media, academia, and professional bodies.
Event 3 October 2021 - 6 October 2021

High-level Dialogue on Energy

UN Secretary-General António Guterres convened the UN High-level Dialogue on Energy (HLDE) under the auspices of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).
Event 24 September 2021

SDG Moment 2021

The second Sustainable Development Goals Moment (SDG Moment) of the Decade of Action was convened by UN Secretary-General António Gutteres on Monday, 20 September 2021.
Event 20 September 2021