Background Documents

The existing global environmental architecture suffers serious shortcomings and is characterized by overlap, fragmentation, and lack of resources. A well-functioning global environmental governance system will be indispensable to combating climate change, protecting biological diversity and addressing a number of issues that are inescapably transboundary in nature. It is widely acknowledged that reform is imperative for creating the strong institutional framework necessary for solving environmental problems and addressing new and emerging challenges. A political process for reform of International Environmental Governance (IEG) has been launched within UNEP, expected to culminate with tangible outcomes and improved governance models after the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012 (Rio 2012). The following documents are the results of the reform process.

The 26th session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 21 to 24 February 2011

Documents for RIO 2012:

Documents on IEG:


Second Meeting of the Consultative Group, Helsinki 21-23 November 2010


First Meeting of the Consultative Group, Nairobi, 7-9 July 2010


IEG and Rio 2012