12 Mar 2024

Venue: International Environment House I | Room 2 & Online | Webex

Organization: United Nations Environment Programme, Geneva Environment Network

The global launch of the report "Environmental Rule of Law: Tracking Progress and Charting Future Directions", organized by the UN Environment Programme and the Geneva Environment Network, will introduce its findings and recommendations and facilitate discussions aimed at promoting and strengthening environmental rule of law.

About this Session

The world is facing the triple existential threats of climate change, catastrophic loss of biodiversity, and growing chemical contamination. In the face of this triple planetary crisis, environmental rule of law has never been more important or relevant. Environmental rule of law provides an essential toolbox of approaches for strengthening the implementation and enforcement of, and compliance with, environmental law. It empowers us to fortify the application, strengthen enforcement, and ensure better environmental actions for the planet for both present and future generations.

With an aim to support the promotion and strengthening of environmental rule of law, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) published the second environmental rule of law report, Environmental Rule of Law: Tracking Progress and Charting Future Directions in November 2023. Building on the first Global Report, this Report expands the initial findings to provide a comprehensive data-informed assessment of global trends, gaps and opportunities related to environmental rule of law. The Report also provides a range of good practices. By presenting good practices, UNEP aims to deepen understanding of environmental rule of law through case studies and inspire states and other stakeholders to replicate good practices whenever possible.

In addition, UNEP, in collaboration with its partners, developed and collected data on a series of questions related to each of the key components of environmental rule of law: laws, institutions, civic engagement, rights and justice. By analysing data on these indicators, UNEP has created a global snapshot of environmental rule of law to identify which aspects of environmental rule of law are most prevalent across countries, and to track progress over time.

This global launch of the Report will introduce its findings and recommendations and facilitate discussions aimed at promoting and strengthening environmental rule of law. This event is the first of a series of regional and thematic seminars organized by UNEP that will convene leading experts on environmental rule of law, including contributors to the Report, to encourage information sharing and in-depth discussions.


Additional speakers to be confirmed.


Director, Europe Office, UN Environment Programme

David BOYD

UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment


Director, Environmental Law and Policy Program, Georgetown University

Nambitha DAMBUZA

Judge, Supreme Court of Appeal, South Africa


Accountability Coordinator & Representative in Geneva, FIAN International


Representative of Earthjustice to the United Nations in Geneva | Moderator


This event is taking place in a hybrid format.

In-person Attendance

To attend in person at the International Environment House 1, kindly register on Forms.

Online Attendance

To attend online, kindly register via Webex.


Live from the International Environment House 1

Environment @ HRC55

The 55th regular session of the Human Rights Council (HRC55) is taking place in Geneva and online from 26 February to 5 April 2024. This regularly updated page highlights the environmental-related activities of this session.