UNEP , established in 1972, is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment. To accomplish this, UNEP works with a wide range of partners, including United Nations entities, international organisations, national governments, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and civil society
UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (UNEP-DTIE) encourages decision makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and implement policies, strategies and practices that are cleaner and safer, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure environmentally sound management of chemicals, reduce pollution and risks for humans and the environment. The Sustainable Consumption (SC) Branch of DTIE manages the youthXchange project and its activities from Paris and assures the continual maintenance and upgrade of the English and French websites and the guide.
The UNEP-UNESCO youthXchange project was partnered with UNEP’s vast strategy for youth: TUNZA. TUNZA means “to treat with care or affection” in Kisswahili (a sub-regional language of Eastern Africa). The 2003 initiative is meant to develop activities in the area of capacity building, environmental awareness and information exchange, with a vision to foster a generation of environmentally conscious citizens.
UNEP’s Environmental Education and Training Unit promotes attitudes and value systems that influence environmentally ethical behaviour by developing understanding, skills and values that will enable people to participate as active and informed citizens in the development of an ecologically sustainable and socially just society.