The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has been the global authority and advocate for the global environment since its inception in 1972.  UNEP sets the environmental agenda and promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system.

UNEP provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment.  It supports UN member states to ensure that environmental sustainability is reflected in their development and investment planning.

UNEP provides countries with the necessary tools and technologies to protect and restore the environment.  Through its campaigns, it raises awareness and advocates for effective environmental action.