United Nations Environment Program (February 25, 2013)
France welcomes the decisions adopted by the first universal session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Program, which ended on February 22 in Nairobi (Kenya).
These decisions translate into concrete terms the commitment made at the Rio+20 Summit to strengthen and raise the profile of the United Nations Environment Program within the UN system, championed in particular by France, the EU, the African Union and numerous Asian and Latin American countries.
The proposal to rename the former governing council “UN Environment Assembly” reflects the determination to ensure that the UN Environment Program serves as the body that will provide leadership and coordination within the UN system.
The goal is also to make the environmental pillar of the UN a model of democracy and openness to civil society by ensuring that it is fully involved in the development of policies and the conduct of various levels of discussions.
These decisions mark a major step toward the eventual creation of a world environment organization, which remains France’s ultimate objective.