The United Nations Environment Programme spokesperson and
acting Director of Communications, Nick Nuttall, looks back at the
vital work of this organization as it celebrates its 40th anniversary.
Forty years ago in the Swedish capital city of Stockholm, a UN conference on the future of humanity and the planet was held. At this time there was a rising concern over pollution of the air, the land and the seas; the growing loss of species and the dying of forests as a result of acid rain. Governments agreed that a UN body charged with co-ordinating a global response to such challenges should be established. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was born.