Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UN-DOALOS)

The 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea provides, for the first time, a universal legal framework for the rational management of marine resources and their conservation for future generations. The Convention lays down a comprehensive regime of law and order in the world's oceans and seas establishing rules governing all uses of the oceans and their resources. It enshrines the notion that all problems of ocean space are closely interrelated and need to be addressed as a whole. DOALOS serves to monitor and report on the status of the Convention.

Contact details:

Annick de Marffy
Division for Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea
Office of Legal Affairs
United Nations
New York, NY 10017, USA
Tel: +1 212-963-3962; Fax: +1 212-963-2811
E-mail: demarffy@un.org

Website: Oceans and Law of the Sea

UN Commission on Sustainable Development

In 1992, more than 100 heads of state met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The Earth Summit was convened to address urgent problems of environmental protection and socio-economic development. The assembled leaders signed the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity; endorsed the Rio Declaration and the Forest Principles; and adopted Agenda 21, a 300-page plan for achieving sustainable development in the 21st century. The Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was created in December 1992 to ensure effective follow-up of UNCED; to monitor and report on implementation of the Earth Summit agreements at the local, national, regional and international levels. The CSD is a functional commission of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), with 53 members.

Contact details:

Anne Rogers
Secretariat of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development
United Nations Plaza, Room DC2-2220
New York, New York 10017, USA
Tel: + 1 212-963-3170
Fax: + 1-212-963-4260

Website: UN Commission on Sustainable Development