United Nations Environmental Programme


By Michael J. Lynch, University of South Florida, FL


The United Nations Program Environment Programme (UNEP) was established in 1972. It is the world’s largest international environmental program (UNEP). Through this program, the UN organizes its environmental programs and policies, and contributes to the development of sound environmental policies in developing nations.

Arguably, one of the most important projects that UNEP has been associated with is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (I P C C Website).

UNEP engages in a wide variety of programs and issues numerous research reports. The main areas of research and policy in which UNEP engages are as follows:

1. Climate Change (UNEP Climate)

2. Disasters and Conflicts (UNEP D&C)

3. Ecosystem Management (UNEP Ecosystem).

4. Environmental Governance (UNEP Goverance).

5. Chemicals and Waste (UNEP Chemicals).

6. Resource Efficiency (UNEP Efficiency)

7. Environment Under Review (UNEP Review)

Anyone may create an email subscription to materials related to the above areas through the Global Environmental Alert Service (UNEP Subscription).

The UNEP news is found here: UNEP NEWS
A list of UNEP publications is located here: UNEP Publications

The UNEP also contains the Division on Environmental Law and Conventions (DELC; DELC Link). DELC plays an important role in establishing and facilities multilateral environmental agreements (MEA) between nations. DELC has a number of programs it pursues, some of which are found below.

DELC periodically review international environmental law under the “Progressive Development of Environmental Law” program (PDEL), and focuses special attention on human rights and the environment (DELC HRE). Another key DELC program is the review of laws related to protecting the global commons of environmental resources (DELC Commons). DELC also places special emphasis on the prevention of transboundary environmental crimes (DELC Transboundary), the environmental impacts of military activities (DELC Military, building green economies (DELC Economies), and working to strengthen water laws (DELC Water).

DELC also help maintain the ECOLEX gateway. The ECOLEX gateway allows users to search for treaties, legislation, court decisions and literature related to the environment (ECOLEX).

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