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Welcome to the Environmental Law Working Group

Welcome to the Environmental Law Working Group. Some of earlier works included following the UNGA Resolution 73/333 which has been adopted as the Political Declaration of UNEP@50 Session. We also follow the Montevideo Environmental Law Programme and much more.

MEAs Capacity Building Series

What are MEAs?

Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) are agreements between three or more states that assist with addressing specific environmental problems at national, regional and global levels.

  • Examples of such environmental problems include the pollution of rivers and seas that are part of several countries, and air pollution dispersed from one or more countries over several other countries. 

  • These kinds of environmental issues require multilateral action in order to be effective, and MEAs set out the rules describing what each country is expected to do.

Source : What are MEAs, FAO. See here. 

Objectives of our Capacity Building Series 

  • One, the WG is trying to support the objectives and strategic activities of the Montevideo Programme V including capacity building on environmental law (3c), facilitate education on environmental law (4f), and support awareness raising on environmental law (4g). 

  • Two, this project also encourages collaboration with colleagues from the Environmental Law WG, other working groups of the constituency, external organisations, research centres and so on. We believe that this would help young people to successfully engage with people of various cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes being open to various and different ideas and opinions.  

  • Three, this is aimed at encouraging members of the WG to volunteer to take part in WG’s projects, to learn to plan and execute such projects through their capacity. This project will help young people learn job-relevant skills such as setting up meetings, report writing, processing feedback, note taking, handling partnerships. 

  • Four, to share information about the InForMEA portal & UNEP LEAP among Children & Youth as a learning platform.

  • Concept Note of this series is available here. 

Outcomes of the Capacity Building Series 

  • We have educated over 250+ young people on various MEAs with our series with the capacity building sessions fully planned, executed by children and youth from all parts of the world.

  • We have covered over 15 topics including MEAs and current issues of environmental law over the course of two months with volunteers. 

  • To continue learning about the MEAs, please see our suggested learning resources here. This includes courses on the MEAs covered in the InforMEA platform. 

  • We have uploaded all videos of our series on our Youtube channel. See the playlist here. 

Volunteers Shoutout 

  • Coming Soon.

Youth Engagement in UNGA Res. 73/333 : Political Declaration UNEP@50

Quick Sumamry 

  • The resolution has been adopted as the political declaration of UNEP@50 Session. The process of this started in 2018 and completed in 2022. There were three informal consultations on this process and the children and youth major group was contributed to them.​

  • Our inputs and engagement in the first consultation are available here. 

  • Engagement summary in the second consultation is available here. This includes links of the interventions we delivered and the text/language we proposed in the resolution. 

  • Our revised language proposal presented in the 3rd consultation is available here. 

​In May 2018, the UN General Assembly adopted, resolution 72/277 entitled “Towards a Global Pact for the Environment”, that decided to establish an ad hoc open‑ended working group to consider a technical and evidence-based report that assesses possible gaps in international environmental law and environment-related instruments with a view to strengthening their implementation.  This was followed by August 2019, with GA adopting resolution 73/333, entitled "Follow-up to the report of the ad hoc open-ended working group established pursuant to General Assembly resolution 72/277”, which welcomed the work of the ad hoc working group, and endorsed all its recommendations.   Following informal consultations with regional and political groups, Members of the Bureaux of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) and of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) to the UNEP jointly agreed on a roadmap regarding the follow-up on UN General Assembly resolution 73/333, on “Further Work” of resolution 73/333, which provides as follows: “Forward these recommendations to the United Nations Environment Assembly for its consideration, and to prepare, at its fifth session, in February 2021, a political declaration for a United Nations high-level meeting, subject to voluntary funding, in the context of the commemoration of the creation of the United Nations Environment Programme by the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, held in Stockholm from 5 to 16 June 1972, with a view to strengthening the implementation of international environmental law and international environmental governance, in line with paragraph 88 of the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, entitled ´The future we want”

Detailed Background/Earlier preparations

What are these negotiations about? 

First Consultation

  • Read more about the first consultation here. 

To know more, reach out to

Atieh khatibi <>,
Joshua Prentice <>,
Santhiya Ananth <>

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