OUR PLANET 10.2 - UNEP - Looking Forward


UNEP and the private sector

UNEP's Executive Director, Klaus Toepfer, believes that the private sector has a crucial contribution to make in promoting sustainable development and is convinced that it can manage its operations in ways that enhance development, ensure environmental protection, and promote social justice.

UNEP is working in partnership with business and industry to ensure greater corporate responsibility and accountability, with each of its divisions having specific projects. One in particular, the Technology, Industry and Economics Division, aims to encourage decision-makers in government, local authorities, and business and industry to identify and adopt policies and practices that are:

- Cleaner and safer.

- Make efficient use of natural resources.

- Ensure environmentally sound management of chemicals.

- Incorporate environmental costs.

- Reduce pollution and risks to humans and the environment.

UNEP organizes annual consultative meetings with more than 50 international industry and trade associations to discuss emerging sustainable development issues and identify partnerships. UNEP has also initiated regular conferences with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) involving government officials and non-governmental organizations. In partnership with corporations and/or through industry associations, UNEP has developed guidelines on environmental management which have been used by the World Bank.

UNEP's successful partnerships and voluntary initiatives with the private sector include:

- With the chemicals sector, developing a Code of Ethics and a programme on accident prevention.

- With lenders and investors, through the UNEP Financial Services Initiative.

- The Interntional Cleaner Production (CP) Declaration signed by 15 Ministers and senior government representatives, together with 13 business leaders.

The Global 500 - 1999

The main celebrations on World Environment Day, 5 June 1999, will culminate with the presentation of UNEP's Global 500 awards to individuals and organizations who have fulfilled the aims of World Environment Day by making a major contribution to the protection of the environment. Recipients of the 1999 Global 500 awards are:


Bebe Arcifa Ajodha, Trinidad and Tobago

All-China Women's Federation, China

Vilmar Sidnei Demamam Berna, Brazil

Kenneth L. Chamberlain, United Kingdom

Global Environmental Action, Japan

Sampson Osew Larbi, Ghana

Captain C. P. Krishnan Nair, India

Makoto Numata, Japan

Pennsylvania Senior Environment Corps (PaSEC), United States of America

Russian Association of the Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON), Russia

Verna Simpson, Australia

Professor Masayuki Tanaka, Japan

Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan


Enviroworks, Canada

Junior Eco-Club, Japan

Kruti Parekh, India

Water Partnership Project, South Africa

Sasakawa Prize Selection Committee has new Chairman

Lord Stanley Clinton-Davis of the United Kingdom has been appointed Chairman of the UNEP Sasakawa Environment Prize Selection Committee by the United Nations Secretary-General.

Lord Clinton-Davis, Chairman of Europe 21 and Joint President of the Society of Labour Lawyers, was made a life peer of the House of Lords in 1990. He is also President of the British Airlines Pilots Association and Joint Chairman of the Advisory Committee on the Protection of the Seas. Prior to being appointed a member of her Majesty's Privy Council in 1998, he was the United Kingdom's Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry, as well as a Member of the Commission of the European Communities with responsibility for Transport, Environment and Nuclear Safety. In 1988, he was the first person to be awarded the European Medal for Animal Welfare, and in 1989, he was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Leopold II by His Majesty the King of Belgium, for his services to the European Community.

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