United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

1. About Japan's assistance to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

UNEP is the designated United Nations entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional levels. It coordinates the development of environmental policy consensus through active review of the global environment and by bringing emerging issues to the forefront while fostering action by governments and the international community. Its mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and people to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

2. Japan's Contribution

Japan has assisted the work of UNEP through its contributions to the Environment Fund and International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) among others. In addition to the annual voluntary contribution to the Environment Fund, Japan provided support for a UNEP project entitled "Support to the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership for Capacity-building and Asia-Africa Cooperation in the Field of Environmental Law" in the amount of 2.2 million US dollars in 2007.

Japan has been a member of the UNEP Governing Council since its inception. The Governing Council reports to the UN General Assembly through the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and its members are elected by the General Assembly for four-year terms.

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