The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

UNEP's 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.

UNEP's work encompasses:

  • Assessing global, regional and national environmental conditions and trends.
  • Developing international and national environmental instruments.
  • Strengthening institutions for the wise management of the environment.

Priorities as a partner of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) commits to supporting countries in improving the availability and quality of environment statistics, gender-environment statistics, streamlining reporting to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Multilateral Environmental Agreements, and promoting the use of environment statistics in research and policymaking.

In order to realize this commitment, UNEP continues to form partnerships across the United Nations, the science community, and with regional and national stakeholders.