13-10-03 UNEP

UNEP is the voice for the
environment within the United
Nations system
UNEP’s mission is to provide leadership and encourage
partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring,
informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their
quality of life without compromising that of future generations..
UNEP's mandate is to be the leading global environ-mental
authority that sets the global environmental agenda, that
promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental
dimensions of sustainable development within the United
Nations system and that serves as an authoritative advocate
for the global environment.
UNEP around the world
UNEP around the world
UNEP’s global headquarters are in Nairobi, Kenya.
Being based in Africa gives UNEP a first-hand
understanding of the environmental issues facing
developing countries.
UNEP is represented across the globe by six regional
• Africa: Nairobi, Kenya
• Asia and the Pacific: Bangkok, Thailand
• Europe: Geneva, Switzerland
• Latin America and the Caribbean: Panama City
• North America: Washington DC, USA
• West Asia: Manama, Bahrain
Plus country offices in Brazil, China, Russia and India and
increasing staff in national UN offices
UNEP around the world
Six strategic priorities:
• Climate change
• Disasters and conflicts
• Ecosystems Management
• Environmental governance
• Harmful substances
• Resource efficiency
2012/3: US$614
2014/15: US$631
Staffing number:
Approx. 850
Implemented in a matrix structure with 6 substantive
Divisions: Early Warning and Assessment; Policy
Development and Law; Environmental Policy Implementation;
Technology, Industry and Economics; Regional Cooperation;
Communications and Public Information
UNEP in Copenhagen
Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)
• Established as part of the Technology Mechanism of the
• Mission: To stimulate technology cooperation and
enhance the development and transfer of technologies to
developing countries at their request
• Core centre managed by UNEP together with UNIDO,
backed by “technical resource pool” of consortium
partners and with main support provided through the
Challenges – an illustration
UNEP produced its fifth Global
Environment Outlook report prior to
Rio+20. The latest edition was welcomed
as the definitive report on the state of the environment and an
important substantive contribution to the high-level debate in
Of the 90 internationally agreed goals and objectives assessed
in GEO-5:
• Significant progress in only 4
• Some progress in 40
• Little or no progress in 24
• Further deterioration in 8
• No assessment in 14 due to lack of data