Safe and Healthy Societies

At UN Environment we believe that everyone can live in safe and healthy societies when we responsibly manage our environment. That is why we work with countries to promote stronger institutions to combat environmental crime and to improve cooperation between law makers who are working on our behalf to safeguard the environment.

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Citizen Empowerment

We are fully committed to widening citizens' access to information, because when empowered, every citizen can exercise his or her right to a healthy environment and respect the laws that seek to protect it. When citizens are guaranteed access to justice they are enabled to expose the wrongdoings of those who abuse the environment.

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Making the Law Work for Us

Let us never forget that the law is there to work for us, and to protect and support each and every one of us and our right to a clean, healthy and safe environment - wherever we are.

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Enforcement Beyond Borders

Pollution, insecurity and climate change do not recognise borders which is why our legal responses must move beyond these man-made boundaries. That is why we at UN Environment are working with law makers and policy makers at both international and national levels to address environmental challenges together, wherever they are.

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Environmental Justice

A safe and secure environment is one the fundamental requirements for sustainable development. That is why we at UN Environment work with countries to promote transparency and accountability in judiciaries, legislatures and policy making institutions.

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Stories

Bahrain shows the way for Gulf Countries to protect their biodiversity

Bahrain, which means ‘two seas’ in Arabic, is the third smallest nation in Asia after the Maldives and Singapore but boasts one of the fastest growing economies in the Arab world. An archipelago off the coast of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain was once made up of 33 islands before extensive land reclamation...

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Conserve Species to Protect Livelihoods in World’s Top Biodiversity Hotspots

The Caribbean is one of the planet’s most important biodiversity hot-spots, and now one of its most threatened. Made up of 30 nations and territories, spanning 4 million square kilometres of ocean, and boasting 10,000 square kilometres of reef, the Caribbean is home to many fish and animal species...

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Asian and African Judges Talk Climate Change and the Rule of Law

Ahead of the Asian Development Bank’s Third Asian Judges Symposium on Environment we met with special guest to the symposium Hon. Lady Justice Mary Muthoni Gitumbi of the Environment and Land Court of Kenya to talk about what motivated her to become a judge and what environmental rule of law means...

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UN Environment and INTERPOL Commit to Taking on Environmental Crime Together

The wildlife trade summit taking place this week in Johannesburg, South Africa is bringing countries together to decide on the future of fragile species by making decisions that will conserve them and combat wildlife crime. Already countries have agreed to ban all international commercial trade in...

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American Youth to bring US Federal Government to Trial in Ground-breaking Climate Change Lawsuit

16 November 2016: In 2015 youth between the ages of 8 and 19 filed a constitutional climate change case against the Federal Government of the United States of America at the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. In Juliana v United States of America the youth are challenging the...

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Publications

Strategic Report: Environment, Peace and Security: A Convergence of Threats

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Marine litter legislation: A toolkit for policymakers

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UNEP Guide for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Laws

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Strengthening Environmental Impact Assessment : Guidelines for Pacific Island Countries and Territories

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The Greening of Water Law: Managing Freshwater Resources for People and the Environment

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Videos

Saved by the Black Mambas
A Successful Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) Asia Family
The Poverty-Environment Initiative: greening human development
Gorillas on the Rise
Regional Seas Conventions