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International Environmental Governance

Accomplishments and Way Forward

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A plethora of environmental problems are ravaging the planet and its inhabitants. How well do existing structures convene governments to address these challenges? What is the role of science and civil society in this context? And, does international cooperation properly support countries with limited capacities? This report seeks to respond to these questions, based on an analysis of actions taken to renew international environmental governance to fulfill commitments made at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in 2012. This report outlines possibilities to strengthen the UN Environment Programme and to enhance synergies among global environmental conventions to ensure that international environmental governance continues evolving and improving to secure human well-being and planetary health.

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Environmental information and awareness-raising

Paragraph 88 (e) of the Rio+20 outcome document stipulates the need to “disseminate and share evidence-based environmental information and raise public awareness on critical as well as emerging environmental issues”. Furthermore, in 2014, the first session of UNEA gave specific importance to information management, in particular development of UNEP Live.

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