United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

THE UN ENVIRONMENT Programme (UNEP) coordinates all United Nations (UN) global and regional environmental activities, assists developing countries in implementing environmentally sound policies, encourages sustainable development through sound environmental practices, reviews the status of the global environment, seeks consensus in environmental policy, and alerts the global community and governments of new and emerging threats to the biosphere. The UNEP officially divides its responsibilities into seven divisions: Early Warning and Assessment; Environmental Policy Implementation; Technology, Industry, and Economics; Regional Cooperation; Environmental Law and Conventions; Global Environment Facility Coordination; and Communications and Public Information.

The UNEP grew out of the June 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment, but its mandates and objectives are derived from UN General Assembly resolution 2997 (27) (December 15, 1972), as amended at ...

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