UNEP has a long history of contributing toward the development and implementation of environmental law through its normative work or through the facilitation of intergovernmental platforms for the development of multilateral environmental agreements, principles and guidelines that are aimed at addressing the global environmental crisis.
In 2009, UNEP’s Governing Council adopted the fourth iteration of the Montevideo Programme for the Development and Periodic Review of Environmental Law as a broad strategy for the international law community and UNEP in formulating the activities in the field of environmental law for the decade commencing in 2010. Complemented by other decisions by UNEP’s Governing Council, the Montevideo Programme is the foundation for DELC’s strategy and work.
The DELC team also leads and coordinates UNEP’s work pertaining to the sub-programme Environmental Governance one of the six sub-programmes organizing UNEP’s global interventions to promote environmental sustainability.
The work of DELC covers the three highly interconnected areas of:
Key Documents & Milestones
UNEP Regional Office for Africa (ROA)
UNEP Regional Office for Asia Pacific (ROAP)
UNEP Regional Office for Europe (ROE)
UNEP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC)
UNEP Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA)
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)
Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal (Basel Convention)
Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS)
Rotterdam Conventionon Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (PIC)
Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer & Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Ozone Convention & Protocol)
Multilateral Fund Secretariat for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol (Funding Secretariat)