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Law and policy related to the global environment

  • International organisations, movements, conferences, publications and resources related to the global environment

    Websites/Multiple Documents

    Title: "New Scientist"
    Description/subject: ENVIRONMENT... EVOLUTION... CLIMATE CHANGE... TECHNOLOGY
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: "New Scientist"
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 26 June 2012


    Title: Centre for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
    Language: English
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    Title: Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)
    Description/subject: "The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was established by the UN General Assembly in December 1992 to ensure effective follow-up of United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Earth Summit. The Commission is responsible for reviewing progress in the implementation of Agenda 21 and the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development; as well as providing policy guidance to follow up the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI) at the local, national, regional and international levels. The JPOI reaffirmed that the CSD is the high-level forum for sustainable development within the United Nations system. The CSD meets annually in New York, in two-year cycles, with each cycle focusing on clusters of specific thematic and cross-sectoral issues, outlined in its new multi-year programme of work (2003-2017) (E/CN.17/2003/6) . The CSD has opened its sessions to broad participation from both governmental and non-governmental actors, and it supports a number of innovative activities, such as the Partnerships Fair, the Learning Centre and a series of panels, roundtables and side events. The High-level segment features dialogue among Ministers, and Ministers also hold a special dialogue session with Major Groups. As a functional commission of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), CSD has 53 member States (about one third of the members are elected on a yearly basis). Each session of the CSD elects a Bureau, comprised of a Chair and four vice-Chairs..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 21 October 2007


    Title: Rio+20 Portal - Building the Peoples Summit Rio+20
    Description/subject: MAIN THEMES: Ethical and philosophical fundamentals: subjectivity, domination, and emancipation... Human rights, peoples, territories, and defense of Mother Earth... Political subjects, the architecture of power, and democracy... Production, distribution and consumption, access to wealth, common goods, and economies in transition.
    Language: English (French, Spanish, Portuguese also available)
    Source/publisher: Rio+20 Portal
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 26 June 2012


  • International treaties and declarations related to the global environment

    Websites/Multiple Documents

    Title: Database of Selected Environmental Treaties
    Description/subject: Air Pollution...Antarctic...Biodiversity/Biosafety...Climate Change...Desertification (Regional Implementation Annex for Asia)...Endangered Species...Environmental Modification...Hazardous Wastes...Law of the Sea...Marine Dumping...Marine Life Conservation...Ozone Layer Protection...Prior Informed Consent...Sustainable development...Tropical Timber...Wetlands...Whaling.....The database has links to the text of the individual treaties (in the languages available, typically Arabic, Chinese, English, French,,Russian and Spanish), generally with the Status of Ratification (which countries have acceded to the treaty (signed...ratified), along with other explanatory and historical background. SEVERAL DEAD LINKS
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: UNESCO
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 26 June 2012


    Title: International Environmental Agreements (IEA) Database Project
    Description/subject: "A summary of the current contents includes over 1,100 MEAs, [multilateral environmental agreements] over 1,500 BEAs, [bilateral environmental agreements] and over 250 other environmental agreements."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: International Environmental Agreements (IEA)
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 26 June 2012


    Title: International Human Rights Declarations, Conventions and Charters Relevant to Environmental Concerns
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Environment and Human Rights Advisory (EHRA)
    Format/size: html. pdf
    Date of entry/update: 26 June 2012


    Individual Documents

    Title: Agenda 21
    Language: English
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003