Founded in 1972, the United Nations Environment Programme is the voice for the environment within the UN system. UNEP’s mandate and the 2012 Rio+20 Outcome Document direct UNEP to ‘promote the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the UN system and to serve as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.’
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‘Environment for development’
UNEP works both at global and regional levels with a variety of partners on topics related to environment for development.
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To set its work, UNEP weighs the most pressing global environmental challenges against the priorities of regions and those emanating from multilateral environmental agreements. For the 2014-2017 period the focus areas for the organization are: climate change; disasters and conflicts; ecosystem management; environmental governance; chemicals and waste; resource efficiency; and environment under review.
Work & priorities in UNEP’s medium-term strategy
Read an overview of UNEP’s work from 2012
Established in April 2001, UNEP’s Liaison Office to the EU in Brussels works closely with the EU institutions to increase policy dialogue and build strategic partnerships that fulfil the shared goals of UNEP and the EU. Since 2011, the office has been headed by Chris Vanden Bilcke.
Partnership with EU institutions
UNEP has a strong partnership with the EU institutions focused on policy dialogue and programmatic cooperation. In 2004 it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the European Commission, and a joint statement in 2011. UNEP works closely with the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee and has MoUs with the Committee of the Regions, the Joint Research Centre, and the European Environmental Agency.
Engaging major groups & stakeholders
UNEP is pleased to work with a number of major groups & stakeholders (MGS) active on environment for development in Brussels, both outside and inside the environment and development sectors.
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