Meeting global environmental commitments

We work to ensure that international efforts to meet environmental obligations are efficient and effective.

Multilateral Environmental Agreements are one of the most effective ways in which governments of the world meet environmental commitments to protecting biodiversity, safely managing chemicals and waste, sustainably managing land, and mitigating and adapting to climate change. 

The UN Environment Programme provides capacity building services, policy advice and technical assistance to up to 196 countries through conventions that administer multiple multilateral environmental agreements, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management. By encouraging improved cooperation among multilateral environmental agreements we are seeing efforts being combined to increase efficiencies, and conserve the human and financial resources of implementing countries.

We enhance cooperation among countries to meet multilateral environmental agreements. This work includes the following:

  • InforMEA - to provide information from over 60 international environment agreements under dozens of conventions to 192 countries.
  • OzonAction - to strengthen the capacity of governments and industries in developing countries to elaborate and enforce policies required to implement the Montreal Protocol.
  • The Bamako Convention - support and strengthen African nations to prohibiting the import into Africa of any hazardous (including radioactive) waste.