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The UN and the Environment

  Addressing today’s environmental challenges is largely beyond the capacity of individual countries.  Only concerted and coordinated international action will be sufficient.  The arena for such actions is the United Nations, and the focal point for such action is UNEP.  Governments have called for a more coherent system of international environmental governance as part of the UN reform process, and are exploring the role and responsibility of UNEP and other UN entities in relation to environment and development issues.  This diagram presents the ‘environmental DNA’ of the UN system, linking to the environmental components of each organisation’s area of work.
  Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) UNDESA/DSD World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Basel Convention on Transboundary Movement of Hazadous Waste World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) International Trade Center (ITC) Economic and Social Commission for Africa (ECA) United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Economic and Social Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) World Bank Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) World Food Programme (WFP) International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) World Metrological Organization International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) International Labour Organization (ILO) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) World Trade Organization (WTO) Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (RAMSAR) Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Global Environment Facility (GEF) UN Human Settlements Programme (HABITAT) UN Development Programme (UNDP) Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) International Telecommunication Union (ITU) UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Universal Postal Union (UPU) UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) World Health Organisation (WHO) International maritime Organization (IMO) Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) United Nations University (UNU) United Nations High Commisioner for Refugees (UNHCR) UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)