The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Swedish EPA) cooperate in the Environmental Governance Programme to strengthen human rights and the rule of law in environmental public administration of mining.
The Swedish EPA/UNDP Environmental Governance Programme (EGP) is part of the Swedish EPA’s Global Programme funded by Sida for an initial 4-year period (2014 – 2018). The Environmental Governance Programme responds to the challenges many developing countries face in implementing environmental policies and integrating environmental and social concerns into broader sustainable development policy making.
The programme provides targeted support to four countries: Colombia, Kenya, Mongolia, and Mozambique. By working closely with ministries of environment, mining, planning and finance, national human rights commissions, as well as other public, private, and civil society stakeholders – the EGP helps identify collective solutions to collective problems and challenges facing the environmental management of the sector.
In line with multiple SDGs the programme strengthens the environmental, gender, human rights and rule of law dimensions of environmental public administration work in large-scale mining sectors.
The EGP helps strengthen the capacities of environmental public administrations to ensure compliance, cross sectorial cooperation and effective implementation of relevant legislation and international standards and conventions regarding the mining sector. This includes a particular focus on strengthening environmental public administration’s capacity to engage effectively with communities and stakeholders affected by large scale mining. This is done by focusing on among others creating platforms for knowledge exchange and good learning environments for partners and within the programme. The programme has started a community of practice on Goxi, a platform supported by UNDP and the World Bank.
The EGP works with the partner countries responsible public administrations for mining to self-assess and identify key gaps and challenges to ensure that Rule of Law principles and procedural human rights are in line with Principle 10. These include the right to access of information, meaningful participation in decision-making, and access to justice across all stages of the mining cycle.
The Environmental Governance Programme supports tailored capacity development programs and peer to peer exchanges within and across regions.