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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) coordinates environmental issues within the United Nations system. Maurice Strong, its first director, founded UNEP and later the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm in June 1972. Its mandate is to give leadership, deliver science and develop solutions to various issues, including climate change, the control of marine and terrestrial ecosystems, and green economic development.

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UNEP Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, UN Environment Programme is led by a Senior Management Team chaired by our Executive Director. The organization also develops international environmental agreements, publishes and promotes ecological science and helps national governments achieve ecological targets. We work into our divisions, regional, liaison and out-posted offices, plus a growing network of collaborating centres of excellence.

History Of UNEP

In the 1970s, the need for environmental governance at a global level was not wholly accepted, especially by developing nations. Any argued that environmental concerns were not a priority for countries in poverty. Canadian diplomat Maurice Strong’s leadership convinced multiple developing nations’ governments that they needed to prioritize this issue.

UNEP Overview

Here in this section, we provide a short overview of UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme). Let’s have a look.

UPUnited Nations Environment Programme
HeadquartersNairobi, Kenya
Formation5 June 1972
Parent organizationUnited Nations
HeadInger Andersen
Official languagesArabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Structure of UNEP

Below have mentioned, UNEP’s structure includes eight divisions:

  1. Science Division aims to provide scientifically reliable environmental assessments and information for sustainable development. It reports on the state of the global environment, evaluates policies, and provides an early warning of emerging environmental threats. It is in charge of monitoring and registering the background regarding the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals.
  2. The policy and Programme Division makes the policy and programme of the UNEP. This division ensures other divisions are organized.
  3. Ecosystems Division helps countries in conserving, restoring and managing their ecosystems. It addresses the environmental causes and consequences of disasters and conflicts. It allows governments to reduce pollution from land-based activities, increase resilience to climate change, and think about the environment in their development planning.
  4. Economy Category: tries to get large businesses to be more environmentally informed. It has three main categories: Chemicals and Health, Energy and Climate, and Resources and Markets.
  5. Governance Affairs Office reserves member states and other relevant groups to use UNEP’s work. The office works with UNEP’s governing body, the United Nations Environment Assembly, a subsidiary organ, the Committee of Permanent Representatives, and manages its meetings. It helps strengthen the visibility, authority and impact of the Assembly as an authoritative voice on the environment.
  6. Law Division supports to development of environmental law. The law department aims to improve cooperation between lawmakers around the world who are making ecological laws. Works with countries to combat environmental crime and meet international environmental commitments.
  7. Communication Division: develops and disseminates UNEP’s messages. It delivers them to authority to individuals through the digital and traditional media channels.
  8. Corporate Services Division handles UNEP’s corporate interests, such as management and exposure to financial risk.

Activities of UNEP’s

  • Change the Climate
  • Disaster is conflicts
  • Ecosystem Management
  • Environment Governance
  • Environment Under Review
  • Harmful Substances
  • Resources Efficiency

Objectives of UNEP

  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem management
  • Disasters and conflicts
  • Environmental governance
  • Resource efficiency
  • Chemicals and waste
  • Environment under review

Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

Q. What is the full form of UNEP?

A. The full form of  UNEP United Nations Environment Programme.

Q. Where is the headquarters of UNEP located?

A. Nairobi, Kenya.

Q. How many countries are in UNEP?

A. 193 UN Member States.

Q. Is UNEP an organization?

A. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was established in 1972 to guide and coordinate environmental activities within the United Nations (UN) system.

Q. Who is the head of UNDP?

A. Achim Steiner

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