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2019 Update on the Global Status of Legal Limits on Lead in Paint
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Keywords
chemical, lead, poisoning
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Chemicals and Waste
As of 30 September 2019, 73 countries have legally binding controls to limit the production, import and sale of lead paints, which is 38% of all countries. In many countries, using lead paint in homes and schools is not prohibited, creating a significant risk of children’s exposure to lead. The most effective means of preventing lead exposure from paints is to establish national laws, including legislation, regulations and/or legally binding standards as appropriate, that ban the use of lead additives in paints. Countries that have not yet done so are urged to enact and enforce effective
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Assessing Environmental Impacts: A Global Review of Legislation
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Support the development of adequate and effective environmental legislation and legal frameworks to address environmental issues
Strengthen the effective implementation of environmental law
Keywords
access to information, access to justice, environmental impact assessment, public participation
Topics
Environmental governance and rights
This report provides an overview of the current status of national legislation and institutional arrangements of relevance to EIAs and SEAs across the globe, as well as emerging issues and trends. It does this primarily through providing examples from a wide selection of countries of their EIA/SEA arrangements and in relation to the different steps of the EIA/SEA processes. These steps include: (1) Screening; (2) Scoping and Impact Analysis; (3) Review of the EIA/SEA report; (4) Decision-making; (5) Follow-up and Adaptive Management and (6) Public Participation as a cross-cutting issue.
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Assessment of post: 2010 National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans
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Strengthen the effective implementation of environmental law
Support enhanced capacity-building for increased effectiveness of environmental law
Keywords
biodiversity, global strategy, implementation, national strategy, reporting
Topics
Biological diversity
Environmental governance and rights
This assessment report gives a snapshot of how countries have progressed in National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans development and national implementation since the pre-2010 National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans assessment carried out by the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies3 and their readiness to meet the Aichi Targets. In particular, we examined Parties’ readiness to mainstream biodiversity concerns across sectoral and cross-sectoral plans and policies.
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Climate Finance Law: Legal Readiness for Climate Finance
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Support the development of adequate and effective environmental legislation and legal frameworks to address environmental issues
Support in the development and implementation of environmental rule of law, consistent with decision 27/9 of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme
Keywords
capacity building, climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation, Environmental Rule of Law, nationally determined contribution, sustainable development
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Climate change and the atmosphere
Environmental governance and rights
This report summarizes the findings of the workshop Climate Finance Law: Legal Readiness for Climate Finance co-convened by King’s College London and UN Environment. The workshop is part of an ongoing partnership to stimulate collaborations and mutual learning between public and private stakeholders in developing and developed countries for trans-formational change, with an aim to provide a forum in which countries can assist each other to strengthen their national law and regulation to enable climate finance at the scale required for implementation of SDGs and Nationally Determined
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Environmental Rule of Law: First Global Report
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Strengthen the effective implementation of environmental law
Support in the development and implementation of environmental rule of law, consistent with decision 27/9 of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme
Promote the role of environmental law in the context of effective environmental governance
Keywords
access to information, access to justice, Environmental Rule of Law, human rights, public participation
Topics
Environmental governance and rights
The first ever global assessment of environmental rule of law finds weak enforcement to be a global trend that is exacerbating environmental threats, despite prolific growth in environmental laws and agencies worldwide over the last four decades. The UN Environment report found that despite a 38-fold increase in environmental laws put in place since 1972, failure to fully implement and enforce these laws is one of the greatest challenges to mitigating climate change, reducing pollution and preventing widespread species and habitat loss. While there are still gaps in many of the laws, the
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Global Judicial Handbook on Environmental Constitutionalism (3rd Edition)
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Strengthen the effective implementation of environmental law
Support in the development and implementation of environmental rule of law, consistent with decision 27/9 of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme
Keywords
Environmental Rule of Law, human rights, litigation
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Environmental governance and rights
This Handbook is designed to provide jurists with an overview of environmental constitutionalism: we address what it is, the peculiar practical and procedural issues it presents, and how courts from around the globe have engaged it.
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Green Customs Guide to Multilateral Environmental Agreements
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Strengthen the effective implementation of environmental law
Support enhanced capacity-building for increased effectiveness of environmental law
Keywords
environmental crime, illegal trade, international agreement, trade in species, wildlife crime
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Trade and investment
Environmental governance and rights
This guide provides an overview of the multilateral environmental agreements, their requirements related to trade in environmentally sensitive substances and commodities, and the role of customs officers and border control officers in facilitating legal trade and preventing illegal trade. Hence, the customs and border control officers will know better what to look for, why they are looking for it, what the implications of uncontrolled or illegal trade are and whom to contact for more specialized assistance.
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Guide to the Ratification and Accession to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Equitable Sharing
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Support the development of adequate and effective environmental legislation and legal frameworks to address environmental issues
Support enhanced capacity-building for increased effectiveness of environmental law
Keywords
access and benefit sharing, access to genetic resources, accession, ratification
Topics
Biological diversity
Environmental governance and rights
The Guidebook is a “how to” guide on the steps towards ratification of, acceptance of, approval of or accession to, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization.
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International environmental law-making and diplomacy review
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Strengthen the effective implementation of environmental law
Support enhanced capacity-building for increased effectiveness of environmental law
Keywords
capacity building, implementation, international agreement
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Environmental governance and rights
The publication is aimed at equipping present and future negotiators of MEAs with information and experiences of others in the area of international environmental law-making in order to improve the impact and implementation of these key treaties. The ultimate aim is to strengthen and build environmental negotiation capacity and governance worldwide.
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Legal Limits on Single-Use Plastics and Microplastics: A Global Review of National Laws and Regulations
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Support the development of adequate and effective environmental legislation and legal frameworks to address environmental issues
Support enhanced capacity-building for increased effectiveness of environmental law
Keywords
Environmental Rule of Law, land-based marine pollution, marine debris, plastic waste
Topics
Chemicals and Waste
Environmental governance and rights
This report provides a global overview on the progress of countries in passing laws and regulations that limit the manufacture, import, sale, use and disposal of selected single-use plastics and microplastics, causing marine litter.
Guidance Material/Model Law
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Marine Litter Legislation: A Toolkit for Policymakers
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Keywords
land-based marine pollution, marine debris, marine pollution, waste management
Topics
Chemicals and Waste
Marine and freshwater
Far too much of the 300 million tonnes of plastic produced every year finds its way into our oceans, food chains and ecosystems, damaging our health in the process. Well-designed laws can help reverse this global trend. This report provides an overview of legislation that countries have implemented to tackle marine litter, focusing in particular on upstream solutions.
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Right to a healthy environment: good practices
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Support the development of adequate and effective environmental legislation and legal frameworks to address environmental issues
Promote the role of environmental law in the context of effective environmental governance
Keywords
access to information, Environmental Rule of Law, human rights, public awareness, public health, public participation, sustainable development
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Environmental governance and rights
This publication describes good practices of States in recognizing the right to live in a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, as well as in implementing the procedural and substantive elements of this right.
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Safe Climate: A Report of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment
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Support the development of adequate and effective environmental legislation and legal frameworks to address environmental issues
Keywords
climate change, climate justice, human rights
Topics
Climate change and the atmosphere
Environmental governance and rights
This is a report of good practices demonstrating that effective actions are available to simultaneously address climate change and protect human rights. Drawn from every continent and featuring more than 60 States and a wide range of actors, the good practices in this report are intended to inspire ambitious action to address the global climate emergency.
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Single-Use Plastics: A Roadmap for Sustainability
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Keywords
plastic waste, waste management
Topics
Chemicals and Waste
The benefits of plastic are undeniable. The material is cheap, lightweight and easy to make. These qualities have led to a boom in the production of plastic over the past century. This trend will continue as global plastic production skyrockets over the next 10 to 15 years. We are already unable to cope with the amount of plastic waste we generate, unless we rethink the way we manufacture, use and manage plastics. Ultimately, tackling one of the biggest environmental scourges of our time will require governments to regulate, businesses to innovate and individuals to act. This paper sets out
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Strengthening legal frameworks for licit and illicit trade in wildlife and forest products
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Support the development of adequate and effective environmental legislation and legal frameworks to address environmental issues
Strengthen the effective implementation of environmental law
Keywords
environmental crime, Environmental Rule of Law, illegal trade, wildlife crime, wildlife product
Topics
Biological diversity
Trade and investment
Environmental governance and rights
The publication takes stock and gives a ‘gap analysis’ of the current status of institutions and legal frameworks relating to the regulation of licit trade, and the prevention, detection and penalization of illicit trade, in wildlife and forest products. It also highlights useful components of existing instruments and possible issues with the content of those instruments, which could benefit from future attention by the executive, legislative and judicial branches of national governments.