[Author: Carmel McNamara, IOS Press]
Amsterdam, NL – The latest issue of Environmental Policy and Law (EPL) is solely dedicated to the special section, Stockholm+50 and Beyond, and includes eight articles from experts in advance of UNEP's milestone event in June 2022, commemorating the 50 years since the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (UNCHE). Read highlights of the issue in this post.
We invite you to read the latest articles published in the EPL special section leading up to the upcoming event in June 2022, which will be an international meeting convened by the United Nations General Assembly, and we highlight a number of other articles that feature in the new issue below. The final contributions to this section will appear in Volume 52, Issue 3.
EPL Special Section
In every new issue of EPL, the Editor-in-Chief Bharat H. Desai, PhD selects one article to feature online, which is made openly available for you to read, download, and share. In this issue, that honor goes to the contribution by Donald W. Kaniaru, managing partner, Kaniaru & Kaniaru Advocates in Nairobi, Kenya. The article chronicles the inception of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) at the 1972 UNCHE. As noted by Dr. Desai in the paper, the author is “a former Kenyan diplomat was based in New York from 1970, participated in the preparatory process of the 1972 UNCHE, was a staff member of UNEP for about three decades, and served in different capacities with four of the seven executive directors of UNEP. The life of UNEP is almost intertwined with the author’s life. Hence, his first-hand account is very valuable in looking back at UNEP’s 50-year trajectory and to look ahead to the future beyond the 2022 Stockholm+50 event.”
Here, we share an extract of the article: “No doubt UNEP has been unimpeachably successful over the past 50 years... Having been there before, during, and after UNEP, I am able to affirm this. Its role in the United Nations and system is relied on and respected. At civil society and individual levels, invaluable partnership is integral to the success achieved thus far. New standards, laws, and regulations are in place practically in all nations and places; applicable to the atmosphere, oceans, and ecosystems. Indeed, new institutions and machineries drive their processes, and all look to UNEP and extended UN system to explain the phenomenon or endeavors and proclaim unhesitatingly, a better environment, with outstanding determination to outdo the past and shine without limits in the future and beyond.” Read the full openly available article here.