United Nations Environment Programme Law and Legal Definition

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the voice for the environment in the United Nations system. It co-ordinates the UN environmental policies, and encourages developing nations in implementing sound environmental policies. It is an advocate, educator, catalyst and facilitator, promoting the wise use of earth’s natural assets for continuous development.

The 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."

The UNEP was founded in 1972, as an outcome of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment. It is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. UNEP has six regional offices and various country offices.