UNEP provides global leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment.
Parties agree to monitor, regulate or ban trade in at-risk species. Over 30,000 species protected, contributing to sustainable development and achievement of MDGs.
16 countries across the Mediterranean agree to promote integrated coastal zone management.
Countries make binding agreements to protect 120 migratory species.
The Programme leads to major agreements – including the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions and the Montreal Protocol – and supports 120 governments in developing environmental legislation.
The Commission publishes “Our Common Future”, which defines sustainable development and offers a blueprint for future work on sustainability
Covering eight countries across southern Africa, the plan sets a new standard for transboundary water resources management.
The first international agreement to limit the production and consumption of ozone-depleting chemicals, the Protocol has led to a 98% reduction in controlled ozone-depleting substances.
The IPCC delivers the most influential and comprehensive reports on climate change and plays a decisive role in the establishment of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.
The Convention, which grows to include 183 parties, regulates the movement and disposal of hazardous waste.
Since its founding, the GEF has provided $14.5 billion in grants and mobilized $75.4 billion in additional financing for nearly 4,000 environmental projects around the world.
The Charter lays the foundations for UNEP’s enduring relationship with the business sector and enhances UNEP’s ability to provide policy advice on the green economy.
The Summit sets the course for contemporary sustainable development and leads to landmark treaties on climate change, desertification and biodiversity.
The CBD is the first international treaty to address all threats to biodiversity and ecosystem services. Since its adoption, the proportion of the Earth’s land surface that can be classified as a protected area has doubled to more than 12%.
Adopted by 108 governments and the EU, the GPA is the only global initiative to address terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems.
The UNCCD, which now has 195 parties, is the only legally binding international agreement that links environment and development to sustainable land management.
Now with 72 signatories, the Rotterdam Convention promotes shared responsibilities in relation to the import of hazardous chemicals and pesticides.
Now with over 8500 signatories from 135 Countries, the UN Global Compact works on sustainable and socially responsible policies.
MDG 7 sets specific environmental targets, including on biodiversity loss, forest cover and access to safe drinking water.
The declaration which was a crucial input to UN Millennium General Assembly and Rio+10, calls to action on international environmental governance.
The Convention, which has grown to include 176 parties, aims to protect human health and the environment from chemicals that persist for long periods in the environment.
The WSSD re-affirms UNEP’s central role in sustainable development and makes critical links between poverty alleviation and environmental protection.
More than one thousand scientists contribute to the report, which influences policy and decision-making worldwide.
The report mainstreams scientific understanding of climate change and stirs public action. Later that year, the IPCC is a joint winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
The initiative spotlights the global economic benefits of biodiversity and ecosystems and multi-trillion dollar losses caused by the unsustainable path.
The panel provides the scientific impetus for decoupling economic growth from resource use and issues a call for global action.
The programme, which has spurred 14 national initiatives, aims to combat deforestation, forest degradation and climate change.
UNEP announces its aim to reduce emissions by 3% every year and buy carbon credits to compensate for the remaining emissions.
The initiative aims to re-focus the global economy towards investments in clean technologies and natural infrastructure such as forests and soils.
The platform is designed to bridge the gap between science and policy for better and more focused action on biodiversity and ecosystem services.
With 6,000 square metres of solar panels, energy saving lighting, natural ventilation systems and other green features, the office facility is designed to generate as much electricity as its 1,200 occupants consume
The UN General Assembly establishes the universal membership of UNEP’s governing body, ushering in a new era of stronger international environmental governance.
As the first United Nations Environment Assembly meets, evidence emerges that the ozone layer is healing thanks to the Montreal Protocol, emphasizing the power of collective action.
193 countries adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, committing to a new global agenda that puts the environment at the heart of the planet’s future, alongside economic and social development.
Meeting in Paris, 195 countries adopt the world’s first universal and legally binding global climate deal.
Delegates from around the world gather in Nairobi for the second meeting of UNEA, the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment.
This section highlights UNEP's former & present Executive Directors
This section highlights UNEP's 40th Anniversary Photos.
This section highlights UNEP's 40th Anniversary Videos
This section highlights the 40th Anniversary Publication, ' UNEP The First 40 Years: A Narrative by Stanley Johnson '