The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UNEP work encompasses: Assessing global, regional and national environmental conditions and trends Developing international and national environmental instruments Strengthening institutions for the wise management of the environment.
UNEP is the lead organization to coordinate environmental matters within the United Nations system. We produce environmental assessments and analyses, norms, guidelines and methods for use by stakeholders looking for guidance on how to effectively manage the environment for their sustainable development and economic growth. With a global remit, yet only 1000 staff and a biennial operating budget in recent years of about US$ 500 million, our ability to achieve significant impact is based on partnerships?integral to the organization’s strategy to place environment and sustainable development, at the heart of everything we do.
Our products and services give us a broad array of tools to catalyse change in response to demand.
The vision of UNEP for 2014-2017 continues the vision of the current medium-term strategy, for 2010-2013, and is derived from its mandate to be the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, that promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and that serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. The vision statement comprises four interrelated areas, supporting partners and countries alike:
Keeping the world environmental situation under review;
Providing policy advice and early warning information, based on sound science and assessments;
Catalysing and promoting international cooperation and action, including strengthening technical support and capacity in line with country needs and priorities;
Facilitating the development, implementation and evolution of laws, norms and standards and developing coherent interlinkages among multilateral environmental agreements.
We partner with United Nations sister agencies, secretariats of multilateral environmental agreements and other strategically placed institutions, driven by the potential impact leveraged from each opportunity.
UNEP recognizes the intrinsic value of the environment in serving economic and social needs and the importance of enabling natural processes to proceed in a way that can sustain these needs. It also recognizes that ecosystem health underpins human well-being, and thus poverty eradication, and that the future of humanity is inextricably linked to the planet’s life support systems, through the provision of environmental goods and services. These factors underpin the vision of UNEP and are explicitly recognized in its goals for the medium-term strategy.
Whereas the vision statement defines the long-term ambition of UNEP, the medium-term strategy has a goal statement that expresses the focus of UNEP for a specific period, 2014?2017. For this period, the key goal pursued by UNEP is to catalyse a transition towards low carbon, resource efficient and equitable development based on the protection and sustainable use of ecosystem services, coherent environmental governance and the reduction of environmental risks for the well-being of current and future generations and the attainment of global environmental goals in order to contribute to sustainable development.
We are committed to strengthening our operations to enforce resultsbased management.
UNEP will achieve this goal by providing active and focused services to relevant United Nations agencies, Governments and other stakeholders in their efforts to achieve and track global environmental goals and explore the environmental dimension of existing and future sustainable development and environment goals. UNEP will do still more to ensure that environmental sustainability contributes to the goals of the other two pillars of sustainable development (social and economic).