Some 300 international environmental agreements have been adopted since the seminal 1972 Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. Environmental governance and law involves standard-setting, institutions, and processes which guide the interaction of government and non-governmental stakeholders in implementing international agreements and ensuring environmentally sustainable development.

Several UNITAR Programmes and Offices are engaged in supporting governments, organizations, and stakeholders in developing capacity in the area of environmental governance and law:

  • UNITAR’s Environmental Governance Programme develops methodologies, facilitates research, and provides project support to strengthen capacities for effective engagement of governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in environmental policy-making and implementation
  • The International Law Programme assists Member States in developing capacity for the implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements, through e-learning and distance learning courses
  • The Multilateral Diplomacy Programme offers courses for diplomats and negotiators in multilateral environmental negotiations and environmental governance reform
  • UNITAR’s New York Office offers an annual briefing on the law of the sea and a workshop for diplomats on international environmental governance reform
  • The Knowledge System Innovation section provides support to UNITAR programmes in developing and optimizing e-learning courses in the fields of environment governance, human rights, and multilateral environmental agreements