of Specific MEA Clusters

Support for implementation of the biodiversity and ecosystems and the chemicals and waste clusters of multilateral environmental agreements

Since the early 1970s several multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) have been negotiated and adopted addressing specific environmental concerns. These MEAs have been developed on an ad hoc basis creating several instruments addressing similar and interlinked issues. Although there are limited exceptions this fragmentation has in many cases been accompanied by a lack of sufficient attention being given towards ensuring all Parties’ effective implementation of these instruments.

Countries and national focal points struggle to implement MEAs in a coordinated manner. Instead of implementing MEAs through a thematic, clustered approach they often implement MEAs on an ad hoc MEA-by-MEA basis. Under this project, UNEP, through its regional MEAs Focal Points, would assist countries to fill the implementation gap by providing technical and advisory services for synergistic implementation of MEAs. UNEP would work at the global level to support MEA processes. It would support MEA Secretariats’ contacts within the regions, and support regional input into MEA negotiations. Through UNEP’s strengthened presence and networks in the regions, it would also work at the regional level to identify priority MEA-implementation related issues and provide platforms for problem identification and policy analysis. It would also facilitate developing multi-country approaches to issues of common concern. At the national level UNEP would assist countries to develop national approaches to synergistic implementation of MEAs, providing policy advice and technical assistance and training to national focal points.

In doing so, special consideration will be given to the provision of systematic support for developing countries and countries with economies in transition for facilitating their compliance with and implementation of the obligations and commitments under multilateral environmental agreements as identified in the Bali Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity-building and promoting synergistic implementation at the national, sub-regional and regional levels.