Set up in 1975, three years after UNEP began, the Division of Technology, Economics (DTIE) provides solutions for policy-makers and helps change the business environment by offering platforms for dialogue and co-operation, innovative policy options, pilot projects and creative market mechanisms.
Like UNEP as a whole, DTIE addresses environmental issues at the global and regional level, provides leadership and encourages 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.
DTIE works with many partners: other UN agencies and programmes, international organisations, governments, non-governmental organisations, business, industry, the media and the public.
Our division plays a leading role in three of the six UNEP strategic priorities: climate change, resource efficiency, and harmful substances and hazardous waste.
DTIE is also actively contributing to the Green Economy Initiative launched by UNEP in 2008. This aims to shift national and world economies on to a new path, in which jobs and output growth are driven by increased investment in green sectors, and by a switch of consumers’ preferences towards environmentally friendly goods and services.
Moreover, we are responsible for fulfilling UNEP’s mandate as an implementing agency for the Montreal Protocol Multilateral Fund and we play an executing role for a number of UNEP projects financed by the Global Environment Facility. Six branches contribute to the three strategic priorities led by our division as well as to the other strategic priorities (disasters and conflict, ecosystem management and environmental governance) and to the Green Economy Initiative.