United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP's mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnerships in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and people to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

UNEP provides an integrative and interactive mechanism through which a large number of separate efforts by intergovernmental, non-governmental, national and regional bodies in the service of the environment are reinforced and interrelated. From the very beginning, UNEP's uniqueness has been its advocacy of environmental concerns within the international system. In this, it makes a particular effort to nurture partnerships with other UN bodies possessing complementary skills and delivery capabilities as well as enhancing the participation of the private sector, the scientific community, NGOs, youth, women, and sports organizations in the achievement of sustainable development.

One of the most important functions of UNEP is the promotion of environmental science and information. UN-System-wide research and synthesis of environmental information, promoted and co-ordinated by UNEP, has generated a variety of State-of-the-environment reports, and created world-wide awareness on emerging environmental problems - some of which triggered international negotiations of several international environmental conventions.

Today, 28 years after the Stockholm Conference and 8 years after UNCED, the challenge before UNEP is to further catalyze, promote and implement an environmental agenda that is integrated strategically with the goals of economic development and social well-being - an agenda for sustainable development.

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