The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP/UN Environment) was founded as results of the Stockholm Conference on Human Environment in 1972. It is the leading global environmental authority setting the global environmental agenda and promoting the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system. Ultimately, UN Environment serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment on a global scale.
Its mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. With its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, UN Environment works through its divisions as well as its regional, liaison and out-posted offices and a growing network of collaborating centres of excellence. Moreover, it hosts several environmental conventions, secretariats and inter-agency coordinating bodies. Its main statutory and decision-making body, the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), convenes every other year to discuss the way forward in global environmental policy.
UN Environment categorizes its work into seven broad thematic areas: climate change, disasters and conflicts, ecosystem management, environmental governance, chemicals and waste, resource efficiency, and environment under review.
Finally, it also hosts the secretariats of many critical multilateral environmental agreements and research bodies, bringing together nations and the environmental community to tackle the greatest challenges of our time.