International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC)

Centre international des technologies de l'environnement

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30 Oct 1992, Japan, when inaugurated, following decision, May 1991, of Governing Council of United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment). Based on Global Action Plan for Environment and Development in the 21st Century (Agenda 21), which emerged from United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), 1992. Commenced activities Apr 1994, when offices set up. Also known by acronym UNEP/IETC.


Assist developing countries and countries with economies in transition to use environmentally sound technology (EST) for sustainable management of urban and freshwater resources and in addressing urban and freshwater basin environmental problems, focusing on: water supply; sewage; solid waste; land contamination. Improve access to quality information and assist in capacity building to improve the ability of decision-makers to use that information.

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Works closely with international multilateral and bilateral financial institutions, technical assistance organizations, other UNEP units and independent corporations in developing and maintaining information systems and capacity-building initiatives designed to promote EST adoption and use. Work Programme covers 4 objectives:

 • Promotion and Transfer of Environmental Sound Technology;

 • Urban Environmental Management;

 • Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems;

 • Freshwater Environmental Management.

Work includes: provision of information and data; training; research and consulting services; public awareness. Current concerns include: environmentally sound technology for air quality management in cities; environmental management systems (EMS) for cities and local authorities; development of post-industrial brownfield sites; environmentally sustainable buildings and infrastructure; eco-hydrology and phytotechnology; water convention; Cities As Sustainable Ecosystems (CASE); environmentally sound technology for wastewater treatment and for water resource conservation; groundwater protection and remediation.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 18 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 6 non-governmental organizations.
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Subjects *

  • Hydrology
    • Water
  • Resources
    • Resources
  • Amenities
    • Urban
  • Industry
    • Utilities
  • Societal Problems
    • Waste
    • Effluent
  • Technology
    • Technology
  • Environment
    • Environment
  • Development
    • Sustainable Development
  • Innovative change
    • Change

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land



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1. Jun 2017
* Subject classification is derived from the organization names and aims.
** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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