The UN Charter does not specifically mention the environment or sustainable development. However, there has been increased activity in the area over the years.
Both the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council consider environmental questions. The UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) is the lead programme in this area and the Commission on Sustainable Development is a key forum for UN Member States to discuss questions related to the environment.
ECOLEX is a database of international environmental legal information, including treaties, court decisions, legislation and literature, operated jointly by the Food an Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
InforMEA (UN Information Portal on Multilateral Environmental Agreements) provides information on Conference of the Parties (COP) decisions and resolutions, news, events, Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) membership, national focal points, national reports, and implementation plans from MEA secretariats.
- UNEP Yearbook
Highlight emerging environmental issues and significant events and development during the year. It also tracks environmental trends by presenting key indicators.
- UNBISnet - Bibliographic Records
The Library's catalogue, UNBISnet, provides subject access to United Nations documents and publications on environmental issues. UNBISnet provides links to the full text of recent documentation. Subject terms which might prove useful in conducting a search are: sustainable development; forests; biological diversity; environment; development; oceans; law of the sea; marine resources; climate change; ozone-depleting substances; acid rain; developing island countries; renewable energy sources; etc. Proper names (e.g., UN Forum on Forests; Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) may also be used for constructing subject searches.
- UNBISnet Thesaurus
The thesaurus may be used to identify additional descriptors.