United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

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

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History

15 Dec 1972, 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 June 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 United Nations (UN) within the United Nations System. Also known under the acronym UNEP.

Aims

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.

Future Events

2019 Nairobi, Kenya – Session

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Activities

Politics/policy/regulatory; monitoring/evaluation; awards/prizes/competitions; research/documentation; knowledge management/information dissemination; training/education; advocacy/lobbying/activism; networking/liaising. Hosts secretariats of multilateral environment agreements and research bodies:

 • Secretariat for the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Ozone Secretariat);

 • Secretariat for the Convention on the Ban of the Import of Hazardous Wastes into Africa and on the Control of Their Transboundary Movements within Africa (Bamako Convention);

 • Secretariat for the Basel Convention (SBC);

 • Interim Secretariat of Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (Carpathian convention);

 • Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD);

 • Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES Secretariat);

 • Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS);

 • Secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury;

 • Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol;

 • Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention;

 • Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants;

 • Secretariat of Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea (Tehran Convention);

 • Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit / Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region (Cartagena Convention);

 • Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA) Secretariat;

 • Eastern African Regional Coordinating Unit / Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Eastern African Region (Nairobi Convention);

 • Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) / Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (Barcelona Convention).

 • Action Plan for Protection, Development and Management of the Marine Environment of the Northwest Pacific Region (NOWPAP) / Regional Coordinating Unit;

 • West and Central African Action Plan (WACAF) / Convention for Cooperation in the Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the West and Central African Region (Abidjan convention).

Work is categorized into thematic areas (7): Climate change; Disasters and conflicts; Ecosystem management; Environmental governance; Chemicals and waste; Resource efficiency; Environment under review. Subdivided into 20 topics through which programmes and projects are organized:

 • 'Air', includes Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC);

 • 'Biosafety', includes Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety;

 • 'Chemicals and waste', include Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM);

 • 'Climate change', includes CCAC and Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN);

 • 'Disasters and conflicts';

 • 'Ecosystems';

 • 'Education and training';

 • 'Energy', includes Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) and Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC);

 • 'Environment under review';

 • 'Environmental governance';

 • 'Extractives';

 • 'Forests', include United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD Programme) and Global Peatlands Initiative;

 • 'Gender';

 • 'Green Economy', includes Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP);

 • 'Oceans and seas', include Global Programme of Action and Regional Seas Programme. Of the 18 Regional Seas programmes, 7 are administered by UN Environment: Caribbean Action Plan (CAR); Action Plan for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment and Coastal Areas of the East Asian Region (EAS); Eastern African Action Plan (EAF); Mediterranean Action Plan; North-West Pacific Region; Western Africa Region; Caspian Environment Programme (CEP). Non-UN Environment administered (7): Black Sea Action Plan (BSAP); Plan of Action for Cooperation in the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Northeast Pacific; Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERSGA); Kuwait Action Plan (KAP) / ROPME Sea Area; Action Plan for the Protection and Management of the South Asia Seas Region (SASP); Action Plan for the Protection of the Marine Environment and Coastal Areas in the South East Pacific (SE/PCF). Independent programmes (4): Arctic Region; Antarctic Region; Baltic Sea; North-East Atlantic Region.

 • 'Resource efficiency', includes Life Cycle Initiative (LCI);

 • 'Sustainable Development Goals';

 • 'Technology', includes Climate Technology Centre and Network, Climate and Clean Air Coalition, International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) and Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction;

 • 'Transport', includes Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) and Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI);

 • 'Water', includes Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (GPA) and GEMS/Water.

Agreements concluded under UN Environment auspices and not mentioned above:

 • Phyto-sanitary Convention for Africa;

 • Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar convention);

 • Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention);

 • Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES);

 • Protocol Concerning Cooperation in Combating Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by Oil and other Harmful Substances in Cases of Emergency;

 • Protocol for the Prevention of Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft;

 • Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (Bonn Convention);

 • Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR);

 • International Tropical Timber Agreement, 1983 (ITTA);

 • Protocol Amending the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, 1984;

 • Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (Ozone treaty);

 • Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer;

 • Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal (UNCRTD);

 • Convention for the Prohibition of Fishing with Long Driftnets in the South Pacific;

 • Protocol Amending the Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft;

 • Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer, 1990 (London amendment);

 • Protocol I to the Convention for the Prohibition of Fishing with Long Driftnets in the South Pacific;

 • Protocol II to the Convention for the Prohibition of Fishing with Long Driftnets in the South Pacific;

 • Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS);

 • Convention on the Ban of the Import of Hazardous Wastes into Africa and on the Control of Their Transboundary Movements within Africa (Bamako Convention);

 • Convention for the Protection of the Alps (Alpine convention);

 • Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer, 1992 (Copenhagen amendment);

 • Convention on Biological Diversity (Biodiversity convention);

 • Convention for the Conservation of the Biodiversity and the Protection of Wilderness Areas in Central America;

 • Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area, 1992 (Helsinki Convention, 1992);

 • Convention for the Protection on the Marine Environment for the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR Convention);

 • Protocol Amending the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, 1992;

 • Protocol to the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, 1992;

 • Agreement to Promote Compliance with the International Conservation and Management Measures by Fishing Vessels on the High Seas;

 • Convention on Civil Liability for Damage Resulting from Activities Dangerous to the Environment;

 • Convention for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna;

 • Convention on the Prevention of Major Industrial Accidents;

 • Torremolinos Protocol of 1993 Relating to the Torremolinos International Convention for the SAfety of Fishing Vessels (SFV PROT 1993);

 • Agreement on Cooperative Enforcement Operations Directed at Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora;

 • Convention on Nuclear Safety;

 • Protocol for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea Against Pollution Resulting from Exploration and Exploitation of the Continental Shelf and the Seabed and its Subsoil;

 • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD);

 • African-Eurasian Migratory /Water Bird/ Agreement (AEWA);

 • Amendments to the Convention for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea Against Pollution;

 • Amendments to the Protocol for the Prevention of Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft;

 • Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean (Barcelona protocol);

 • Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS);

 • Protocol on the Prevention of Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal;

 • Protocol for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea Against Pollution from Land-based Sources and Activities;

 • Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (Rotterdam convention);

 • Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area, 1999 (Helsinki Convention, 1999);

 • Protocol on the Prevention, Reduction and Control of Land-based Sources and Activities;

 • Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP treaty);

 • Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea (Tehran Convention).

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Relations with 158 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 198 non-governmental organizations.
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Subjects *

  • Environment
    • Environment
  • International Relations
    • United Nations
  • Authenticity
    • Leadership

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land

UIA Org ID

E4161

Last News Received

2018
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