Strong, multi-stakeholder partnerships are crucial to the success of the Fifth Montevideo Program for the Development and Periodic Review of Environmental Law. UNEP is in the process of actively inviting and engaging other United Nations entities, civil society organizations, academia, experts from the legal and judicial fields, and the private sector, to join hands in implementing the Programme and to advance the environmental rule of law at all levels.
Click here to download the factsheet for partners, which provides information on the process and benefits of becoming a ‘Partner of the Programme.’
Partners can support the implementation of the Programme in several important ways. First, relevant stakeholders may be invited to assist in implementing the Programme as is appropriate and feasible. To facilitate this, the Secretariat of the Programme is undertaking measures to invite and register relevant stakeholders as ‘Partners of the Programme’. Relevant stakeholders may include, inter alia, secretariats of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), other UN agencies, members of academia, experts in environmental law, civil society organizations, and representatives of the private sector. Second, Partners of the Programme are invited to participate in the biennial global meetings of National Focal Points, and will be able to host side events related to the meetings. The global meetings are flagship events for the Programme that help shape the strategic priority areas for implementation. There are opportunities to share information on critical and emerging issues in environmental law, and to further build partnerships and coherence for Programme implementation. Third, Partners can submit requests for technical legal assistance, make general inquiries, and share knowledge products here on LEAP. This will further the exchange of information and contribute to catalyzing action to address emerging environmental issues through the law.
To become a Partner of the Programme, representatives of different stakeholder groups will be able to express their interest through the registration form that will be made available on this in due course. The Secretariat will review the expressions of interest on a rolling basis, and representatives will be informed about their registration status.
Likewise, a list of partners will be showcased in this section after the First Global Meeting of National Focal Points, which will consist of two sessions in 2021 and 2022. Click here for more information about the First Global Meeting.