EN/FR/ES: 31/10/2017 - Deadline Global Consultation on Environmental Law-Making and Oversight for Sustainable Development with UNEP

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EN/FR/ES: 31/10/2017 - Deadline Global Consultation on Environmental Law-Making and Oversight for Sustainable Development with UNEP

GLOBE MPs are invited to contribute their views for the development of a Guide for Legislators being prepared by GLOBE and the Centre for Law and Environment (University College London) with the support of UN Environment. 

GLOBE’s Nigerian Chapter has called on the National Assembly to pass the draft Climate Change framework bill 2017 that is currently at different stages of both chambers

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In September 2015, 193 world leaders committed themselves to a new vision of sustainability for the modern age by adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 Targets in this Agenda seek to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable, prosperous and fairer world by 2030. The SDGs and Targets are universal and inter-connected, and at their core recognise the central role of a clean and healthy environment for societal well-being, and for economic growth and development. The planet’s ecosystems provide us with food, materials and energy, they regulate and maintain our health and safety, and are integral to our culture and identity.

However, many of the benefits and opportunities provided by the natural environment are being missed or lost. Ecosystems and the valuable goods and services they provide are being rapidly degraded as a result of pollution, overexploitation, climate change, and habitat destruction. In several countries, the values and benefits of our natural environment are not fully taken into account, and are increasingly being questioned in political debate and policy making.

In this dynamic context of a clear global commitment to the SDGs, and yet national debates that can pull in the opposite direction, what is the role of law-mak- ing and oversight concerning the environment? How are these important functions of parliaments being reshaped in an era of sustainable development? What does good and emerging practice look like? How can legislators and parliamentarians do their part, to ensure that the SDGs and Targets are achieved by 2030?

The Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) and United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) are coordinating a global consultation process to develop a Guide for legislators, focusing on environmental law-making and oversight in the era of sustainable development. The Guide will be designed to function as a practical reference for legislators and parliamentarians in their daily work of crafting laws, scrutinising government decision-making, and allocating resources. It will focus largely on environmental law-making and oversight at the national level, but examples from the international, regional and sub-national level will be discussed for added depth.

During preparation of this Guide, we are inviting feedback from legislators on the theme of environmental law-making, to ensure that the Guide is both relevant to and supportive of legislators' day-to-day work. In this spirit of global sharing and collaboration, the lead author group at GLOBE and UN Environment would be very grateful for your responses—in brief or in detail—to the questions listed below.


Key questions for legislators, parliamentarians and other stakeholders

1. What specific topics would you like to see included in a Guide, on environmental law-making and oversight for sustainable development?

2. Would you recommend any changes or additions to the following list of topics, which are presently included in the draft Guide?:

• explanations of key global trends concerning the environment and development.

• scientific and economic evidence concerning how the environment
underpins development.

• explanations of key international commitments and agreements concerning sustainable development—e.g. the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Convention on Biological Diversity, and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

• key principles of national law-making for sustainable development.

• practical examples of how legislators and parliamentarians can exercise scrutiny over government decision-making.

• practical examples of how legislators and parliamentarians can contribute to allocating additional resources, to environmental management that supports sustainable development.

3. What examples of legislative and parliamentary best practice would you like to see included in the Guide?

4. Which organisations and individuals do you think could provide valuable feedback concerning the Guide?


How to submit feedback

Please submit your answers to the above guiding questions, or any other written feedback or examples, to one or both of the following members of the lead author group:

• Ben Milligan, Centre for Law and Environment, University College London (ben@milligan.id.au).

• Malini Mehra, Chief Executive, GLOBE International Secretariat (malini. mehra@globelegislators.org).

You can also submit feedback to GLOBE International on Twitter (@GLOBE_intl) by private message. The deadline for feedback is 31st October 2017. The information you provide will be of great benefit to this project. Names of all contributors will be listed in the acknowledgements section of the Guide, unless otherwise requested. All information provided will be considered confidential, unless you clearly indicate otherwise.