Commission and UN strengthen global environmental partnership

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The Commission and the United Nation's Environment Programme (UNEP) have reinforced their co-operation to speed up delivery of global environmental policies.

A new co-operation agreement to speed up
delivery of global environment policies was signed by
Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström and UNEP
Executive Director Klaus Töpfer on 20 September in
Brussels. The partnership will strengthen collaboration at
all levels - including senior and expert levels - through
regular meetings, strategic policy discussions and
financial co-operation.

The co-operation is designed to speed-up the delivery of
the commitments made at the 2002 World Summit on
Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. Areas selected for
immediate cooperation include:

  • sustainable production and consumption,
  • assistance to developing countries in reaching
    environmental-related targets,
  • supporting the implementation of multilateral
    environmental agreements (1992 convention on biodiversity
    and agreements on regional seas),
  • global access to clean water and sanitation,
  • sustainable energy,
  • chemicals.  

Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström said
"UNEP's mandate and goals match the EU's environmental
policies. [...] By joining forces we will be in a better
position to cope with today's environmental problems".

Last week, UNEP issued a global call to re-double
efforts to assess the quantities of methyl bromide, an
ozone-depleting pesticide used to kill pests on big export
crop shipments. 

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