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1977 Geneva Switzerland


1977, Geneva (Switzerland), within the framework of E-XE4161 - UNEP, as Regional Seas Programme Activity Centre, to ensure the overall coordination of F-XF4234 - Regional Seas Programme, launched in 1974, and to serve as secretariat of the T-XT7638 - Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (Barcelona Convention) and its related protocols. Moved from Geneva to Nairobi (Kenya), 1 Sep 1985, when name changed to UNEP Oceans and Coastal Areas Programme Activity Centre (OCA/PAC - UNEP). Ceased to exist.


Provide overall coordination of UNEP's programme on oceans, coastal areas and freshwater resources.


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Operated as an organizational unit of UNEP under the authority of UNEP Executive Director on the basis of decisions of UNEP Governing Council and of intergovernmental meetings. Coordinating Unit based in Athens (Greece); Regional Activity Centres (6).


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land



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