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DRC
 

UNEP Division of Regional Cooperation

The Coordination Office of the Division of Regional Cooperation (DRC) was created in 1999 to meet the Governing Council’s request to strengthen regionalization while ensuring a central coordinating role of headquarters. The Coordination Office together with the six regional offices constitute the Division for Regional Cooperation (DRC).

It is the responsibility of DRC to:

  • undertake relevant information and data-gathering to bring regional perspectives to the development of UNEP policies and programmes;
  • present UNEP global policies in the regions and enlist support for them at all levels;
  • implement and complement relevant parts of UNEP's global programmes through initiating, coordinating, and catalyzing regional and subregional cooperation and action in response to environmental problems and emergencies;
  • assist in the development of policies and programmes on global and regional environmental issues between and within Governments in the regions;
  • provide advisory services to help Governments translate global commitments into national action for the protection and enhancement of the environment;
  • raise public awareness of environmental problems and create a consistency for environmental action;
  • promote cooperation between UNEP and non-governmental organizations and the private sector, and
  • broaden the constituency of UNEP.