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16:00 to 19:00: World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability - Ceremonial Opening
17 Jun 2012 - 17 Jun 2012
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Athletes Park, UNEP Pavilion

The effective implementation of environmental laws requires the informed participation of key decision makers to not only shape the interpretation and enforcement of these instruments within their jurisdictions, but also to develop institutional frameworks and regulations focusing on environmental governance and accountability issues, as well as considering the role of law in protecting natural resources and promoting sustainable development.
Due to their pivotal roles in developing, interpreting and enforcing environmental laws, as well as in designing and building governance frameworks to regulate and monitor environmental protection, UNEP, supported by several important partners, has targeted the corpus of environmental law and governance decision-makers as part of a concerted effort to improve the effective national implementation of environmental commitments, including MEAs. Rio+20 is a critical opportunity to obtain strong commitments from these stakeholders in the pursuit of the goals of sustainable development.
Based on the successful Global Judges Symposium on Sustainable Development and the Role of Law that was convened by UNEP on the eve of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg in 2002, the World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability (the World Congress) will bring together Attorneys-General, Chief Prosecutors, Auditors-General, Chief Justices and Senior Judges and other legal practitioners from around the world to contribute to the outcomes of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and to share its findings and recommendations with the Conference.
The overall aim of the World Congress is to foster a common vision and principles among key stakeholders on how to transform discussions into action and how to use justice, law and governance to promote sustainable development through the outcomes of Rio +20 and beyond. Thus, the World Congress will directly contribute to the Rio+20 Conference by focusing on the legal underpinnings of the themes of the �Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development� and �Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication�. It will outline the future actions required by national and international legal stakeholders to promote sustainable development in the 21st century founded on the rule of law and effective governance.
The World Congress is co-hosted by the Association of Magistrates of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the Foundation Getulio Vargas and the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Rio de Janeiro. It is organized in partnership with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions � Working Group on Environmental Auditing (INTOSAI - WGEA), the Organization of American States (OAS), the South Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP), the World Bank, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE), and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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