NATO bombed Libya and the Libyan civilians more than 5.000 times with uranium-bombs. NATO uses its UN-mandate for it. That is very strange because UN is just cleaning up the uranium in Gaza, Libanon, Iraq and Afghanistan ‘to protect’ civilians…
UNEP is the designated authority of the United Nations system in environmental issues at the global and regional 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 for action. The mandate and objectives of UNEP emanate from United Nations General Assembly resolution 2997 (XXVII) of 15 December 1972 and subsequent amendments adopted at UNCED in 1992, the Nairobi Declaration on the Role and Mandate of UNEP, adopted at the Nineteenth Session of the UNEP Governing Council, and the Malmö Ministerial Declaration of 31 May, 2000.
UNEP’s responsibilities include:
– Promoting international cooperation in the field of the environment and recommending appropriate policies.
– Catalysing action to address major environmental threats.
– Monitoring the status of the global environment and gathering and disseminating environmental information.
– Facilitating the coordination of United Nations activities on matters concerned with the environment, and ensuring, through cooperation, liaison and participation, that their activities take environmental considerations into account.
– Helping, upon request, environment ministries and other environmental authorities, in particular in developing countries and countries with economies in transition, to formulate and implement environmental policies.
– Helping to develop international environmental law.
– Providing expert advice on the development and use of environmental concepts and instruments.
– Developing regional programmes for the environment. The major results of UNEP activities should include:
– International arrangements to enhance environmental protection and policy advice to governments, multilateral organisations and others to strengthen environmental protection and incorporate the environment into the sustainable development process.
– Periodic assessments and scientifically sound forecasts to support decision making and international consensus on the main environmental threats and responses to them.
– More effective coordination of environmental matters within the United Nations system.
– Greater public awareness and capacity for environmental management and effective national and international responses to environmental threats.
In 2001, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) published the findings from the first-ever assessment on the environmental impact of the use of depleted uranium (DU) originating from a real conflict situation. This work was conducted in Kosovo in 2000 and followed-up one year later in Serbia and Montenegro. Since then, UNEP has become a reference in the scientific community regarding the impacts of DU when used in a conflict situation.