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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UNEA-5 (Online Session)

The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), the highest decision-making body on environmental matters in the UN system, will hold the online part of its fifth session virtually.
Event 22 February 2021 - 23 February 2021

Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF)

The Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF) will comprise five consultative sessions over three days during which all Major Groups interested in the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will discuss their input to the fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5).
Event 9 February 2021 - 11 February 2021

12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (Part I) and 32nd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

Mario Molina, who passed away in October 2020, laid the path for continued efforts to preserve and restore the ozone layer through his ground-breaking discovery that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are a threat to the Earth’s ozone layer.
Conference of the Parties (COP) 23 November 2020 - 27 November 2020

Coverage of Selected Side Events at the UN Summits Week 2020

The 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly will open with a gathering of world leaders from 23-29 September, who will participate in a series of summits, high-level meetings and side events.
Event 22 September 2020 - 29 September 2020