International Environmental Governance and Rule of Law: Discussion to connect the dots

11 September 2019 | 14:30-16:50
International Environment House II (7-9 ch. de Balexert)



As the world counts down toward 2022, which marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) at the UN Conference on the Human Environment (Stockholm Conference) in June 1972, there is a growing interest among member States and stakeholders in promoting international environmental governance through a more accountable, agile and effective UNEP. In 2012, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) concluded the systematic reform of international environmental governance. These efforts centered on enhancing the form, funding and functions of UNEP and clustering multilateral environmental agreements.

An event focusing on the effectiveness of the international environmental governance system, the role played by UNEP and environmental rule of law in addressing major environmental challenges and delivering on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, took place at the International Environment House on 11 September 2019. The discussion centered around two recently launched reports – International Environmental Governance: Accomplishments and Way Forward, commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers and Environmental Rule of Law: First Global Report by UNEP.



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Welcome remarks
Bruno POZZI, Director of UNEP Europe Office (Moderator of the event)
H.E. Amb. Terhi HAKALA, Permanent representative of Finland to the UN Office in Geneva

Presentation of report “International Environmental Governance: Accomplishments and Way Forward”
Maria IVANOVA, Professor
Niko URHO, Senior Research Fellow
Center for Governance and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts
Comments: Sandeep SENGUPTA, Global Coordinator, IUCN Climate Change Portfolio 

Presentation of report “Environment Rule of Law”
Eva DUER, Legal Officer, UNEP Law Division
Comments: Yves LADOR, Geneva Representative, Earthjustice

Discussion, questions and answers
Comment from a Nordic government representative, Mona MEJSEN WESTERGAARD, Ministry of Environment and Food, Denmark

General discussion & Wrap up

Closing remarks
Felix WERTLI, Head of the Global Affairs Section, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment



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