UNEP is the designated authority of the United Nations system on environmental issues on a regional and global level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community focusing on climate change.The programme works to facilitate the transition to low-carbon societies, support climate proofing efforts, improve understanding of climate change science and raise public awareness about this global challenge. It contributed to the establishment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) in the late 1980s and UNEP also supported the negotiations of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). UNEP sees the opportunities to deliver a Green Economy and is working on developing and implementing them.
UNite to combat climate change. In early October 2008 UNEP launched their “UNite to combat against climate change” campaign in New York as a run up to the crucial negotiations in Copenhagen in December 2009. The goal of the campaign is to promote a deal in Copenhagen agreeing on a comprehensive global climate regime for the period after 2012 when the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires. UNite to Combat Climate Change urges world leaders to reach an inclusive, comprehensive and ratifiable deal to address climate change.