12 Mar 2024

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

Organisation: Programme des Nations Unies pour l'Environnement, 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,l introduced 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 introduced its findings and recommendations and facilitated 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.


By order of intervention.


Director, Europe Office, UN Environment Programme


Director, Environmental Law and Policy Program, Georgetown University


Accountability Coordinator & Representative in Geneva, FIAN International

David BOYD

UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment

Nambitha DAMBUZA

Judge, Supreme Court of Appeal, South Africa

H.E. Amb. Toleafoa Nella TAVITA-LEVY

Permanent Representative of Samoa to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva

H.E. Amb. Carlos SORRETA

Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva


Representative of Earthjustice to the United Nations in Geneva | Moderator



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