United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Environmental Governance Programme


UNITAR’s Environmental Governance Programme (EG) develops methodologies, facilitates research, and provides project support to strengthen capacities for effective engagement of governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in environmental policy-making and implementation. Programme activities are linked to the implementation of international environmental agreements, including Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Environmental Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention). Methodologies developed through the Programme recognize that a one-size-fits-all approach to environmental governance is not suitable and thus seek to ensure that national and local needs, circumstances and contexts are fully taken into account.

The backbone of the Programme comprises a series of pilot projects in the UNECE region, Latin America and Africa which provide support to countries in assessing and strengthening their capacities to implement the Aarhus Convention and Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration, through collaboration of government with non-governmental stakeholders. Responding to requests that have emerged through the projects, the Programme has commenced developing more specialized guidance and training materials. At the international level, the projects contribute to the global efforts of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to develop global guidelines concerning the implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration.

Complementary to national level activities, the Programme facilitates international knowledge exchange among governance practitioners and scholars concerning the interface of environmental governance, public participation and environmental sustainability.

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