Safe and Healthy Societies

At UN Environment we believe that everyone can live in safe and healthy societies when we responsibly manage our environment.   See more at

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Citizen Empowerment

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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Beyond Borders

Pollution, insecurity and climate change do not recognise borders which is why our legal responses must move beyond these man-made boundaries

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Environmental Justice

A safe and secure environment is one the fundamental requirements for sustainable development.

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Stories

UNEP expands access to vast body of environmental law

Imagine for a moment that a delegate from a small island state has to prepare a briefing on marine debris ahead of a major international conference. Previously, this unlucky delegate would have had to wade through a bewildering array of websites, trawling the internet for relevant information on...

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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

UNEP Guide for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Laws

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

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

UNEP COMPENDIUM ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE ENVIRONMENT: SELECTED INTERNATIONAL LEGAL MATERIALS AND CASES

Events

14 February, 2017 - 15 February, 2017

Regional judicial workshop on implementing constitutional environmental rights

31 January, 2017 - 22 February, 2017

12th Meeting of the AEWA Standing Committee

2 December, 2016 - 17 December, 2016

UN Biodiversity Conference

21 November, 2016 - 1 December, 2016

University of Eastern Finland - UNEP Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements

Videos

The Poverty-Environment Initiative: greening human development
World Environment Day 2016 PSA
Regional Seas Conventions
Why do chemicals matter to us?
The importance of the Vienna Convention