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United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was founded in 1972 and is based in Nairobi, Kenya. It is not a specialised agency of the United Nations, but a sub-organisation of the General Assembly.

The UNEP is often described as the environmental conscience of the United Nations. Primarily, it is intended to act as a catalyst for the environmental activities of the United Nations. It identifies and analyses environmental problems, elaborates guiding principles for environmental protection, develops regional environmental protection programmes, and supports developing countries in the establishment of national environmental protection programmes. Every two years, the organisation publishes a report on the environmental situation in the world, in which it lists damage and developments.

Apart from a small grant made from the regular budget of the United Nations (less than four per cent), the UNEP is financed entirely through voluntary contributions. For the period 2008/2009 members contributed 152 million
US dollars to the Fund. As one of the biggest donors to the UNEP, Germany contributes some 7.9 million US dollars every year from the budget of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

P.O. Box 30552, 00100
Nairobi, Kenya
Phone: +2 54 20 / 7 62 12 34
Fax: +2 54 20 / 7 62 44 89

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