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United Nations Environment Programme

  • By: Annie W. Bezbatchenko
  • In: Green Health: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Oladele Ogunseitan
  • Subject:Environmental Technology, Policy & Management, Geography of Health

While environmental problems were originally viewed as local problems, they are now recognized as interconnected, global problems; states and countries realize that they are unable to single-handedly address serious environmental problems. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) developed out of the recognition that a central coordinating mechanism was needed in order to encourage collective action and create a common vision. UNEP acts as the chief organization at the international level to address and ultimately solve inherently global environmental programs; it is the core institution for the global environment within the United Nations (UN) system. UNEP's aim is to offer political and conceptual leadership and encourage shared partnership in assisting peoples and nations to increase their health and overall quality of life without compromising the health ...

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