United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Programme des Nations Unies pour l'environnement (PNUE)
Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (PNUMA)

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Established by General Assembly resolution 2997 (XXVII), in response to the report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, 5-16 Jun 1972, Stockholm (Sweden).

In operation by Jan 1973, working out of temporary headquarters first in Geneva (Switzerland) and then in Nairobi (Kenya).

Restructured following approval by special session of Governing Council, May 1998.

An organ of A-XA3375 - United Nations (UN) within the F-XF1000 - United Nations System.


Provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.


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United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), meets every 2 years, and reports to UN General Assembly through E-XE3377 - ECOSOC, and comprising all 193 UN Member States. Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR), serves as subsidiary inter-sessional body, consisting of accredited Permanent Representatives. UNEA is led by President and a Bureau.

Executive Office, based at E-XE3872 - United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), set up May 1998, comprising Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Staff. Also reporting to Executive Office: New York Office/Secretariat of the Environment Management Group; Governance Affairs Office/Secretariat of Governing Bodies; Chief Scientist; Evaluation Office; Regional Presence; Divisions (7). Also hosts several convention secretariats.

Divisions (7): Communication; Corporate Services; Economy; Ecosystems; Governance Affairs Office; Law; Policy and Programme; Science.

Regional Presence: Africa Office in Nairobi (Kenya), includes West Africa Sub-regional Office, South Africa Country Office and Addis Ababa Liaison Office; Asia and the Pacific Office in Bangkok (Thailand), includes Pacific Sub-regional Office, China Country Office and India Office; Europe Office in Geneva (Switzerland), includes Central Asia Sub-regional Office, Russian Federation Country Office, Brussels Liaison Office and Vienna Programme Office; Latin America and the Caribbean Office in Panama (Panama), includes Caribbean Sub-regional Office, Southern Cone Sub-regional Office, Brazil Country Office and Mexico Country Office; West Asia Office in Manama (Bahrain).



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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land



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