United Nations Environment Programme

Mounting scientific evidence shows that global prosperity and human well-being depend on the productivity of the world’s ecosystems and the services that they provide. As ecosystems are now under unprecedented pressure, prospects for sustainable development are under serious threat.

The UNEP publication, Global Environment Outlook 4: environment for development (GEO-4) , highlights the fact that ecological and social systems can reach tipping points beyond which there are abrupt, accelerating, or potentially irreversible changes. The GEO-4 scenarios show an increasing risk of crossing such tipping points.

While current environmental challenges may sometimes seem insurmountable, they also represent opportunities for individuals, local communities and businesses and for international cooperation. New and exciting avenues to achieve sustainable development will emerge from the use of economic and regulatory instruments, new and existing technologies and the empowerment of stakeholders to establish enabling environments for innovation and creative solutions.

In order to secure the environmental conditions for prosperity, stability and equity, the United Nations systems needs to respond to current challenges in a manner that is commensurate with their scale and the nature of the opportunities. As the environmental programme of the United Nations, UNEP is mandated to serve as a lead authority in articulating, facilitating and supporting a response to these environmental challenges and opportunities.

In UNEP we are looking for dynamic, creative, forward looking, dedicated and results-oriented senior managers, environmental experts and young professionals eager to make a difference in our work to inspire, lead, advocate, care for and protect the environment.

If you are interested in learning more about our organization, our activities or open vacancies, please visit our website at www.unep.org

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