MOSCOW, December 15. /TASS/. Russia supports activities of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and plans to continue cooperation with it, the Russian foreign ministry said on Friday after a meeting between Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov and UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim.
"The sides discussed current issues of cooperation. The Russian side stressed UNEP’s role as its major partner in the implementation of environmental projects and reiterated its support to UNEP’s activities," the ministry said.
"The sides spoke in favor of further development of dialogue aiming to implement concrete measures and mechanisms of strengthening and expanding cooperation between Russia and UNEP on key issues of environment protection and reaching the United Nations sustainable development goals," the ministry said.
Founded in line with the recommendations of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm in June 1972, UNEP is the leading global environmental authority, which sees its mission in providing leadership and encouraging partnership "in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations."
UNEP’s Moscow Office was inaugurated in 2000. In April 2013, Russia and UNEP signed a cooperation agreement for 2013-2023. The sides are cooperating on such issues as development of the green economy, implementation of the Regional Seas program (the Arctic region, the Caspian and Black Seas, northwestern part of the Pacific Ocean), protection of the Caucasus’ mountainous ecosystem, etc.