Name UNEP, United Nations Environment Programme
Tel (254-2) 621234 Fax (254-2) 624489/90
E-mail eisinfo@unep.org Homepage http://www.unep.org
Introduction The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), established in 1972, works to encourage sustainable development through sound environmental practices everywhere. Its activities cover a wide range of issues, from atmosphere and terrestrial ecosystems, the promotion of environmental science and information, to an early warning and emergency response capacity to deal with environmental disasters and emergencies.
UNEP's present priorities include:
- Environmental information, assessment and research, including environmental emergency response capacity and strengthening of early warning and assessment functions,
- Enhanced coordination of environmental conventions and development and development of policy instruments;
- Fresh water
- Technology transfer and industry
- Support to Africa
UNEP is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya and has regional and outposted offices in Paris, Geneva, Osaka, The Hague, Washington, New York, Bangkok, Mexico City, Manama, Montreal and Bonn.
Information networks and monitoring systems established by UNEP include: the Global Resource Information Database (GRID); the International Register of Potentially Toxic Chemicals (IRPTC); and the recent UNEP.Net, a web-based interactive catalogue and multifaceted portal that offers access to environmentally relevant geographic, textual and pictorial information. In June 2000, the World Conservation and Monitoring Centre (WCMC) based in Cambridge, UK became UNEP's key biodiversity assessment center.
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