About environmental governance

In our globalized world, environmental threats – particularly those that cross borders – require effective responses that promote peace, justice and development.

UN Environment promotes sound environmental governance – the rules, policies and institutions that shape how humans interact with the environment. By building robust governance systems, we can safeguard the environment and work toward all 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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People and partners

Within UN Environment, our work on environmental governance falls under the Environmental Governance subprogramme, which sits primarily in the Law Division.

Our work in this area engages a wide range of partners, both inside and outside of government and at the local, regional, national and international levels. Our primary duty is to serve the Governments of United Nations Member States, who in turn help us deliver our services. At the global level, our partners include other UN bodies, such as the Environment Management Group and the Global Environment Facility.

In all our activities, we aim to engage major groups, organizations and other stakeholders. We also work with media to communicate with the public and raise awareness of critical issues.