United Nations Environment Programme environment for development

Programme Areas

Climate Change:

UNEP is focusing on both mitigation and adaptation and the objective is to strengthen the ability of countries in integrating climate change responses into national development processes. While recognizing that countries have common but differentiated responsibilities in contributing to climate change.

Disasters and conflict:

The objective is to minimize environmental threats to human well-being arising from the environmental causes and consequences of conflicts and disasters.

Ecosystem management:

This thematic area aims at assisting countries in utilizing  the ecosystem approach to enhance human well-being. Building on UNEP’s mandate to improve the scientific understanding of ecosystem functioning, this sub programme promotes an approach that addresses a whole ecological unit as a single system.

Environmental governance:

The activities of the sub programme ensures that environmental governance at the country, regional and global levels is strengthened to address agreed environmental priorities.

Harmful substances and hazardous waste:

UNEP’s objective is to minimize the impact of harmful substances and hazardous waste on the environment and human beings. The subprogramme builds on more than 30 years of work in the field of harmful chemicals and cooperation with other international organizations where UNEP brings the environmental component regarding risks associated with harmful substances and hazardous waste.

Resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production:

UNEP’s objective is to ensure natural resources are produced, processed and consumed in a more environmentally sustainable way. The overarching aim of this subprogramme is to detach economic growth from unsustainable resource use and environmental degradation.