United Nations Environment Programme

In June 1972, at the end of the United Nations Conference in Stockholm, the United Nations Environment Programme was brought to life. The UNEP is headquartered in Nairobi and the six regional offices as well as other collaborating centres ensure close cooperation across the world. The current Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme is Inger Andersen.

The UNEP is the leading global environmental authority and thus decisively sets the global environmental policies’ priorities. Its focus is on dealing with the three planetary crises of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, as well as pollution and waste. In this context, UNEP has a leading position additionally to an advisory and educational one. It administers several environmental treaties, prepares reports on the global state of the environment, develops policies and legal instruments for international environmental protection and aiding national governments with their own environmental goals.

Today its main objectives are heavily defined by the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) which were contrived in 2016.

The governing body of the UNEP is the Assembly (UNEA) and the successor of its Governing Council, which was composed of 58 member States. The UN Environment Assembly, with a universal membership, is now composed of 193 Member States. The UNEA is supplemented by the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR). The funding of the UNEP consists of three elements: the Environment Fund, earmarked funds and funding received by the UNEP from the regular UN budget. All in all, the UNEP relies on voluntary contributions for 95 per cent of the funding.

More information can be found on https://www.unep.org/

Topic 2024: Environmental Consequences of Neglected Threats: Updating Guidelines for the Disposal of Chemical and Explosive Waste

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