The Economy Division works to deliver on environmental sustainability through technology, industry, and economic policy.
The goals of its branches are as follows:
· • Economics and Trade – to promote and support patterns in which goods and services are increasingly produced, processed and consumed in a sustainable way to reduce environmental impact and contribute to improved health and well-being.
· • Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities and Industry – to achieve/ promote resource efficiency in cities and industry to decouple growth from environmental impact and increased resource use.
· • Energy, Climate and Technology – to strengthen the ability of countries to move towards climate-resilient and low-carbon emission development.
· • Chemicals and Waste – to promote sound management of chemicals and waste, and to minimize impacts on the environment and human health.
The International Environmental Technology Centre, in Osaka, Japan, works to promote the application of environmentally sound technologies in developing countries and countries in transition. Currently the IETC is focusing on waste management issues.
To deliver on its vision the Economy Division works with many partners: other UN agencies and programmes, international organizations, governments, non-governmental organizations, business, industry, the media and the public.