Why is there still no World Environment Organisation?

22 April 2014


It seems an anomaly that among the 15 autonomous, specialised agencies within the United Nations – such as the FAO, WMO, WHO, or UNESCO – there is no dedicated environmental organisation. This secondary status and the subsequent lack of coherence in environmental matters harms global environmental governance. Wouldn't having a World Environment Organisation (WEO) help to coordinate global environmental and climate change efforts, asks Lucien Georgeson (UCL Geography) in The Conversation.