UNEP and the Green Economy – Four Decades in Development
1972 UNEP established after Stockholm UN Conference on the Human Environment.
- UNEP provides global leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment.
1973 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) adopted.
- Over 30,000 species protected, contributing to sustainable development and achievement of MDGs.
1975 Adoption of the Mediterranean Action Plan.
- Spearheaded the adoption of integrated coastal zone management in national policies and development plans of 16 Mediterranean countries and the European Community
1979 Bonn Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) established.
- 116 member states.
- Binding Agreements and Action Plans to protect 120 migratory species.
1982 The Montevideo Programme adopted by UNEP Governing Council setting priorities for global lawmaking.
- Led to major agreements, including the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions and the Montreal Protocol.
- Assisted 120 governments develop environmental legislation.