Division of Environmental Law and Conventions

UNEP/UNDP Guidebook
on Legal Requirements of Climate Change Strategies Climate Change

UNEP and UNDP assist countries to integrate climate change responses into national development processes and to transition to low-carbon societies.  In the field of environmental legal and institutional support to countries, UNEP has a global mandate in the provision of technical, legal and institutional advice to governments in establishing and enhancing their national legal and institutional frameworks.  UNDP’s global mandate as the UN’s development network strongly complements this work.  UNDP’s Environment and Energy Group supports counties to:

(a) develop integrated climate change strategies and action plans at the national and sub-national levels to identify and prioritize adaptation and mitigation actions;

(b) assess/sequence/combine policy and financial instruments to implement priority actions; and,

(c) support countries to access the required additional financial resources through multiple sources of funds.

In this context and in supporting their developing country partners, UNEP and UNDP have identified a need for a “guidebook” or “toolkit” on the legal and institutional requirements for implementing low-emission, climate-resilient development (LECRD) strategies.  The guidebook would provide a valuable capacity-building resource for decision makers to understand the key steps needed to adequately assess, define, finance and implement the LECRDS strategies as well as the required legal and institutional requirements. The guidebook would complement existing publications by UNEP and UNDP (see ‘Additional Resources’).