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International and Foreign Law

Treaties and National Laws

ECOLEX has environmental treaties, national legislation, and national and international judicial decisions, searchable by subject, keyword, and country. This site is operated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the UN Environment Programme.

FAOLEX, by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, has national laws dealing with food, agriculture, and renewable natural resources.

Treaty Organization Websites

Environmental Organizations

United States Global Change Research Program
This U.S. program coordinates federal research on changes in the global environment. USGPR was created in 1989. From 2002-2008, the USGPR was known as the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. The Program's website gives information on the government agencies it works with and provides access to its publications and various research resources.

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Policy and International Affairs
The role of the Office of Policy and International Affairs of the Department of Energy is to deliver unbiased advice to the Department of Energy’s leadership on existing and prospective energy-related policies. The Office’s website provides information on its services and initiatives.

European Commission: Climate Action
The European Commission website on climate action has information about the European Union’s international and domestic climate change activities. The site also has a number of studies on various aspects of climate change.

European Environment Agency (EEA)
The EEA is an agency of the European Union that provides environmental information to EU bodies and EU member countries.

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
This nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing climate change provides information about research, published reports on the environmental impact of climate change, and news reports.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climaet Change is a scientific body established by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organization to assess climate change.

International Renewable Energy Agency
IRENA promotes adoption of renewable energy systems such as wind, solar, and ocean power in countries throughout the world. It provides a wealth of resources on the development of renewable systems, including production capacity progress, cost studies, locations of potential resources, studies of the benefits of sustainable energy. It provides statistics and focused data on particular countries or regions of the world.

OECD – Climate Change
OECD has research and analysis by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development relating to climate change.

United Nations Division for Sustainable Development
This U.N. website has information, documents, and publications relating to issues contained in Agenda 21, the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, the Barbados Programme of Action for Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States, and the Commission on Sustainable Development. National information by country includes information submitted biennially in national reports by member states to the Commission on Sustainable Development.

United Nations Environment Programme
The U.N. Environment Programme website provides a wide range of resources, including technical guidelines, clearing-houses, trainer manuals, databases, publications and other useful tools produced by UNEP for governments, policy makers, civil society, private sector and the public at large.

United Nations Global Change Research Program
The U.N. Global Change Research Program coordinates federal research on changes in the global environment. USGPR was created in 1989. From 2002-2008, the USGPR was known as the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. The Program’s website gives information on the government agencies it works with and provides access to its publications and various research resources.

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
The U.S. Food and Agriculture Organization website has statistical databases and agriculture and food security databases organized by country and thematic area, a virtual library, including FAO publications and meeting documents, and the text of conventions, agreements, and treaties deposited with FAO.

United Nations System’s Work on Climate Change
This U.N. group's website provides an online inventory of U.N. System activities on climate change and links to the websites of U.N. partners on climate change.

World Bank Environment Page
The World Bank Environment page has information and publications on certain areas affecting World Bank operations in the environmental field.

World Health Organization – Climate Change
The WHO works to identify policy options to help prevent, prepare for and respond to the health effects of climate change, and supports Member States in selecting and implementing response strategies.

World Meteorological Organization
The World Meteorological Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations dealing with meteorology, operational hydrology, and related geophysical sciences.

Interdisciplinary Databases

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)
Database of working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals, and policy briefs. 

Google Scholar
Search multidisciplinary scholarly literature from a variety of resources.

PAIS Index
An index to articles, government and nongovernmental reports, and other resources dealing with international relations, law, government, and related social science disciplines.