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Nexus Dialogue on Law for Environmental Sustainability

19 November 2018, International Environment House II, Geneva, Switzerland

13:00 – 18:00 (Geneva Time, GMT+1)

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The Dialogue was a response to the call by the Senior Officials of EMG to address the issue of law for environmental sustainability in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over 70 participants attended the Nexus Dialogue, comprising of UN agencies, multilateral environmental agreement secretariats, other intergovernmental organisations, as well as Member States, civil society organisations, academia and the private sector.

The key objective of the Dialogue was to explore ways to strengthen collaboration and coordination in the area of law for environmental sustainability as a means to support enhanced implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development among UN agencies.  The Dialogue also served as an opportunity to engage participants’ feedback for the development of new proposals for a programme on environmental law led by the UN Environment Programme, which has brought the issue of collaboration on Law for Environmental Sustainability to the attention of the EMG.

The key messages from the meeting are summarised in the following draft outcome document. 

The findings of the Dialogue will contribute to the process of developing a new phase of the Montevideo Programme, in preparation for the discussions at the fourth session of the United Nations Environmental Assembly IV in March 2019 in Nairobi and the review of SDG 16 at the High-Level Political Forum in July 2019 in New York.

It was our honour to have the following high-level speakers at the Dialogue:

  • Mr. David Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment
  • Mr. Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions 
  • H.E. Tomaž Mencin, Ambassador for Human Rights, Deputy Permanent representative, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia to UNOG in Geneva
  • Ms. Marie-Pierre Meganck, Counselor of Environment and Transport, Permanent Mission of the France to UNOG in Geneva.

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