A large number of international conventions, commissions, agreements and treaties have been created that provide laws, policies and frameworks for intergovernmental coordination and cooperation on the management, use, and protection of natural resources.
The objectives of these instruments, and their implementation by national governments, are highly relevant to WWF's goals.
At the moment, many conventions and commissions have serious gaps and failings. For example, some conventions are not yet ratified by the required number of countries, and so have not entered into force. Several conventions and commissions do not include all states to which the resource belongs. And many lack appropriate enforcement mechanisms and monitoring provisions for their implementation. This hinders our efforts to conserve biodiversity and reduce humanity's ecological footprint.