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Environmental Rule Law - Dr. Willy Mutunga,
The Chief Justice of Kenya

Environmental Rule of Law - Professor Githu Muigai, 
The Attorney General of Kenya

Implementation of Environmental Rule of Law - C.Scott Fulton, 
International Advisory Council for Environmental Justice
Environmental Justice - Professor Edith Brown Weiss, 
International Advisory Council for Environmental Justice

Environmental Rule of Law in the Americas - Cletus I. Springer, 
Director Department of Sustainable Development, Organization of American States (OAS)
Environmental Rule of Law - Claudia S. de Windt, 
Senior Legal Specialist, Organization of American States (OAS)

UNEA and the Rule of Law - Arnold Kreilhuber, 
Legal Officer,DELC

Press Releases

   UNEP Executive Director Welcomes Illegal Wildlife Trade Provisions in TPP 
Nairobi, 6 October 2015 - UN Environment Programme Executive Director Achim Steiner released the following statement following the conclusion of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.
  African Heads of State, Global Environmental Leaders Exchange Expertise on Illegal Wildlife Trade 
New York, 28 September 2015
- As part of the activities associated with the 69th United Nations General Assembly, at which the Sustainable Development Goals were adopted, the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF) hosted a reception that engaged high-level speakers on the topic of the illegal wildlife trade in Africa
  Majority Female Ranger Unit from South Africa Wins Top UN Environmental Prize
Pretoria, 7 September 2015
- The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit, a South African and majority-women ranger group, has been announced as one of the winners of the United Nation's top environmental accolade, the Champions of the Earth award. 
  First UN Resolution on Wildlife Trafficking Historic Step Forward, Chief of UN Environment Programme Says
Nairobi, 31 July 2015- In calling for wildlife crime to be treated as a serious crime, both nationally and across borders, the resolution sends a clear signal to organized criminal networks involved in this illicit trafficking that their time will soon be up.
  New Lending and Investment Tool Sets Agricultural Supply Chain on Sustainable Path, Reducing Deforestation Threat 
Nairobi, Oxford, 29 July 2015 - A new lending and investment policy tool for financial institutions, unveiled today, aims to reduce the deforestation risk caused by the unsustainable production, trade, processing and retail of soft commodities, especially soy, palm oil and beef.
  Investing in Forestry Sector Can Reverse Estimated US$3.5 Billion Economic Drain of Deforestation, Alleviate Poverty in Tanzania
Dar es Salaam, 9 July 2015 - Deforestation in Tanzania could cost the national economy 5,588 billion Tanzanian Shillings (US$3.5 billion, based on 2013 exchange rates) between 2013 and 2033 on current trends, highlighting the importance of investing in the forestry sector to alleviate poverty and boost growth, according to a new report released today.
   First-Ever World Wildlife Day Spotlights Far-Reaching Impact of US$19 Billion Illicit Trade in Flora and Fauna 
Nairobi, 3 March 2014 - For the past four decades UNEP has worked to support nations to establish legislation at both the national and the global level to combat poaching and the illegal trade in wildlife. -  Read press release
  Statement by Ibrahim Thiaw, UN Assistant-Secretary-General and UNEP Deputy Executive Director at the London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade 2014  London, 13 February 2014 - "...in addition to short-term measures, longer-term considerations need to be given to natural resource management and sustainable economic development, based on sovereign priorities and choices." - Read press release
  UN Applauds China Efforts to Combat Illegal Ivory Trade -
 6 January 2014 - Six Tonnes of Ivory Destroyed at Landmark Event in China. The seized ivory was fed into crushing machines in the southern city of Dongguan, in what was described as the first public destruction of ivory in China.- Read press release
  UNEP and INTERPOL Assess Impacts of Environmental Crime on Security and Development  Nairobi, 6 November 2013 - INTERPOL and UNEP are working together to enhance environmental compliance and enforcement at the national level and across borders. - Read press release
   UN General Assembly Proclaims 3 March as World Wildlife Day - Geneva, 23 December 2013 The United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world's wild fauna and flora. - Read Press Release

World Wildlife Day Website
  Fisheries Reform: Time to Draw in the Net - Europe recently reached an historic agreement to reform its Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) that promises to reverse decades of excessive overfishing by European fleets. - Read press release

  Powerful Posters Bring Wildlife Protection Message to Millions on Shanghai Metro - Nairobi, 1 July, 2013 - A major poster campaign aimed at sensitizing the public to the true cost of illegal wildlife products such as ivory and rhino horn is reaching millions of travellers on the Shanghai metro system each day. - Read press release

  New Rules for International Trade in Timber, Marine and Other Wild Animals and Plants Come into Force  Geneva, 14 June 2013 - 178 member States of CITES to implement new listings and 201 Decisions and Resolutions adopted in Bangkok 90 days ago. Six countries enter specific reservations to shark and ray listings. - Read press release

  UN to Support China to Phase out Ozone-Depleting Substances, with Major Climate Benefits - 23 April 2013 - The United Nations body that supports developing countries to phase out substances that damage the ozone layer will provide China with up to US$380 million in funding to eliminate industrial production of the ozone-depleting substances HCFCs (or hydrochlorofluorocarbons) by the year 2030.
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  UN Secretary-General Urges Greater Protection for World's Forests - New York, 21 March 2013 - Governments, businesses and civil society must commit to protect forests by reducing deforestation, preventing environmental degradation, and providing sustainable livelihoods for all of those who depend on this precious ecosystem, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. -  Read press release
    UNEP Establishes New Body to Advance Environmental Law, Justice and Governance Fri, Dec 7, 2012 - The World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental  Sustainability saw representatives of over 60 countries calling for the creation of an  international network to support efforts to achieve sustainability through stronger legal  responses to environmental pressures..More
   Rule of Law to Support the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals

Keynote Address by Dr. Shamshad Akhtar,
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations & Executive Secretary of The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
   Remarks by Amina Mohamed, UNEP Deputy Executive Director at the Launch of the International Advisory Council for the Advancement of Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability
12/7/2012 12:00:00 AM
   Closing Statement by Ms. Amina Mohamed at the World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability
Session: Ceremonial Closing and Adoption of Outcomes
6/26/2012 12:00:00 AM
   Environmental Sustainability, Justice, Governance & Law: Challenges and Opportunities
Remarks by Achim Steiner at the opening of the World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability
6/18/2012 12:00:00 AM