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Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs)

Transboundary environmental problems (i.e. environmental problems that affect more than one country across their borders) need negotiated discussions in oirder to arrive at consensus solutions that will then be implemented by all concenting or signatory countries. This is especially true for problems than are global or affect a large number of countries.

Such negotiated solutions - called "Multilateral Environmental Agreements" - are usually formulated under the aegis of the United Nations and include scientific data gathering, negotiations, discussions, global conferences, and an Agreement document that is signed by concenting countries.

The best known of MEAs, is of course the Paris Agreement on Climate Change promulgated in December 2015, which along with the MEAs on biological diversity and dersertification, form the "Big Three" MEAs.

Multilateral Environmental Agreements
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Climate Change
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Biodiversity
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Desertification
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Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution
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Oceans and the Law of the Sea
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The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
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Vienna Convention and Montreal Protocol
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Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal
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CITES
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Convention on Migratory Species
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The MEAs on climate change (UNFCCC), Biodiversity (UNCBD) and desertification (UNCCD) are collectively called the "Big Three" agreements or the "Rio Conventions"

Did you know?

22 May is Biodiversity Day
5 June is Environment Day
17 June is Desertification Day
16 Sept is Ozone Day

Please see two other locations on the GDRC Website that also cover the theme of MEAs:

  • MEAs and Cities
  • The Trialogue