IETC AND UNEP'S VISION
As a part of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), IETC contributes to implementation of its goals and vision.
The work of UNEP is underpinned by the fundamental values identified in the Millennium Declaration of freedom, equality, solidarity, tolerance, respect for nature and shared responsibility and recognizing, among other things, the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities as contained in the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. The work of UNEP contributes to the achievement of the relevant Millennium Development Goals and enhancing the understanding of agreed international environmental goals and targets.
The vision of UNEP for the medium-term future is to be:
“The leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, that promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and that serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.”
UNEP seeks to realize its vision by focusing its efforts on six cross-cutting thematic priorities:
- Climate change
- Disasters and conflicts
- Ecosystem management
- Environmental governance
- Harmful substances and hazardous waste
- Resource efficiency
Through its waste management activities IETC supports UNEP's actions towards, in particular, resource efficiency and protecting the environment and human health from harmful substances and hazardous wastes.
UNEP actively reaches out to Governments, other United Nations entities, international institutions, multilateral environmental agreement secretariats, civil society, the private sector and other relevant partners to implement the Medium-term strategy.