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9th Special Session of the Governing Council /
Global Ministerial Environment Forum
7 - 9 February 2006, Dubai, UAE
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UNEP Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA)

Seventh Global Civil Society Forum
UNEP is expecting more than 200 participants from 69 countries at the 7th GCSF held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 5-6 February 2005 in conjunction with the 9th Special Session of the Governing Council / Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GME). Accredited NGOs in West Asia Youth Statement to the 7th Global Civil Society Forum.

Bali Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity Building

Johannesburg Plan of Implementation
World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg 2002)

Division of Technology, Industry and Economics

Civil Society and Major Groups

Division of Global Environment Facility Coordination

Labour and the Environment

WILL 2006 - Trade Union Assembly on Labour and the Environment


Energy Branch
The Energy Branch addresses the environmental consequences of energy production and use, such as global climate change and local air pollution. The Branch aims to promote policies that place energy and transport within a broader sustainable development context, and to steer project developers and the investment community towards greater engagement in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors. More>>

Energy issues

UNEP Risø Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development (URC)
The UNEP Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development (URC) supports UNEP in its aim to incorporate environmental aspects into energy planning and policy worldwide, with a special emphasis to assist developing countries.

Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE)
BASE helps to build strategic partnerships between entrepreneurs and financiers to mobilize capital for sustainable energy in both developing and industrialized countries. BASE is a non-profit foundation and UNEP Collaborating Centre.

Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative (SEFI)
SEFI is the UNEP Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative - a platform providing financiers with the tools, support, and global network needed to conceive and manage investments in the complex and rapidly changing marketplace for clean energy technologies.

Refrigerants, Naturally!
Refrigerants, Naturally! is a "Partnership for Sustainable Development" recognised by the UN Commission on Sustainable Development as a a voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiative that contributes to the implementation of Agenda 21, Rio+5 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.

Chemicals Management

Chemicals Branch
The Chemicals Branch is the focus for all UNEP's activities to ensure the sound management of hazardous chemicals, and is the main catalytic force in the UN system in this area.

UNEP Chemicals' Programme

International Conference on Chemicals Management

“Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management” (SAICM )

Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical safety

International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA)

Rotterdam Convention

Stockholm Convention

Persistent Organic Pollutants

APELL is a programme developed by UNEP in conjuction with governments and industry with the purpose of minimising the occurrence and harmful effects of technological accidents and environmental emergencies.

 Tourism & the Environment

Tourism Branch
UNEP has been appointed by the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) as the Interagency Coordinator or lead agency responsible for implementation of Agenda 21 issues on tourism. Together with the World Tourism Organization (WTO/OMT), UNEP is the main focal point on sustainable tourism for CSD and the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Tour Operators' Initiative for Sustainable Tourism Development
A group of tour operators from different parts of the world have joined forces to create the Tour Operators' Initiative for Sustainable Tourism Development. With this Initiative, tour operators are moving towards sustainable tourism by committing themselves to the concepts of sustainable development as the core of their business activity and to work together through common activities to promote and disseminate methods and practices compatible with sustainable development.

Ecotourism is of special interest to UNEP for its relationship with conservation, sustainability, and biological diversity. As a development tool, ecotourism can advance the three basic goals of the Convention on Biological Diversit.

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Links to Ecotourism Web Sites