Stakeholder Forum has produced a series of Global League Tables on countries' commitments to Multilateral Environmental Agreements, which can be found here.
Stakeholder Forum has been monitoring the ratification of MEAs on a regular basis for the past eight years, since the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002. It is the objective of the Global League Tables to highlight and praise progress made by nation states towards the ratification of Multilateral Environmental Agreements. It is also the intention of the League Tables to encourage further action towards ratification in countries where progress is slow.
The six MEAs in question are the Bio-Safety Protocol, the Kyoto Protocol, the Rotterdam Convention on the International Trade of Hazardous Chemicals, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Agreement on the Protection and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks.
On the basis of the data, points have been assigned for signing and ratification, and points deducted for non-signing. If a country has ratified the MEA it receives 3 points, whereas if it has only signed the convention without ratifying it (i.e. became party to the convention, but did not ratify it), it receives only 1 point. If a country has not signed the MEA then one point is deducted from its total - on this basis it is possible for a country to score a negative number of points overall - if it is a non-signatory to more MEAs than it is a signatory.
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