United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP: Established in 1966, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been partnering with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of live for everyone. UNDP works in four main areas: poverty reduction and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); democratic governance; crisis prevention and recovery; environment and sustainable development.

For more information about UNDP, please refer to its website: www.in.undp.org

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

UNEP: Created in 1972, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the voice for the environment in the United Nations system. It is an advocate, educator, catalyst and facilitator, promoting the wise use of the planet's natural assets for sustainable development. The mission of UNEP 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. UNEP is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, with regional offices in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America and West Asia.

UNEP works on seven strategic priorities: chemicals and waste, climate change, disasters and conflicts, ecosystem management, environmental governance, environment under review and resource efficiency. The selection of these themes was guided by scientific evidence, the UNEP mandate, and priorities emerging from global and regional forums.

UNEP also launched the Green Economy Initiative in 2008. This initiative aims to bring national and world economies to a new path, in which jobs and output growth are driven by increased investment in green sectors, and consumers’ preferences are shifted towards environmentally friendly goods and services.

For more information about UNEP: www.unep.org


UN HABITAT: The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. UN-Habitat's programs are designed to help policy-makers and local communities get to grips with the human settlements and urban issues and find workable, lasting solutions.

For general information about UN-Habitat and its activities, please visit its website: http://unhabitat.org/

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

UNESCAP: The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. With a membership of 62 Governments, 58 of which are in the region, and a geographical scope that stretches from Turkey in the west to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati in the east, and from the Russian Federation in the north to New Zealand in the south, ESCAP is the most comprehensive of the five United Nations regional commissions.

For more information about UNESCAP, visit their website: http://www.unescap.org/