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UNEP DTIE was created in 1998 as part of the re-organisation of UNEP. It brought together 4 existing UNEP offices (International Environmental Technology Centre, Industry and Environment Programme Activity Centre, UNEP Chemicals, and Economics, Trade and Environment Unit) in an attempt to provide integrated responses to industrial and urban issues.

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Coherent and coordinated environmental policy must stand alongside economic development and social responsibility if we are to meet the challenges of a globalizing world, and in particular the challenge of sustainable development…

We have to streamline our scientific and technological capacities and exercise responsible stewardship by changing the consumption and production patterns of the developed world…

Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director UNEP


DTIE Mission Statement

The mission of UNEP DTIE is to encourage decision-makers in government, local authorities and industry to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices that are cleaner and safer, make efficient use of natural resources, ensure environmentally sound management of chemicals, reduce pollution and risks for humans and the environment, enable implementation of conventions and international agreements, and incorporate environmental costs.

The Role of DTIE

The role of UNEP DTIE is to:

  • promote the development of policies, economic instruments, management practices and tools that ensure an environmentally sound approach to activities
  • develop partnerships with the private sector and corresponding outreach activities
  • promote the use and transfer of cleaner, safer and environmentally sound technologies
  • assist in the preparation of international agreements and guidelines such as the Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
  • work in close cooperation with UNEP's six Regional Offices to disseminate information and implement activities in the regions as well as collect information regarding the relevant needs of the countries

The Strategy of DTIE

The strategy of UNEP DTIE is to influence decision-making through partnerships with other international organisations, governmental authorities, business and industry, and non governmental organisations; to facilitate knowledge management through networks; to support implementation of conventions; and deliver through UNEP's regional offices.

The Structure of DTIE

The structure of UNEP DTIE consists of the Office of the Division Director, three Branches located in Paris, two others in Geneva and one Centre in Osaka. In addition, industry officers are delivering the activities of DTIE in a number of UNEP regions.


The Office of the Division Director in Paris:

  • coordinates the Division's response on cross-sector and thematic issues: air, water, land, biodiversity, ozone layer protection, technology transfer, information systems;
  • develops outreach activities with partners - industry, business, governments & NGOs.

The International Environment Technology Centre in Osaka:

  • promotes the adoption and use of environmentally sound technologies (ESTs) with a focus on the environmental management of cities and freshwater basins, in developing countries and countries in transition.

The Production and Consumption Branch in Paris:

  • promotes 're-engineering' of production and consumption patterns to improve resource efficiency through cleaner technology, products and services and environmental management systems.

The Chemicals Branch in Geneva:

  • catalyses global chemical safety through negotiations of legally binding instruments;
  • builds national chemical safety capabilities through information exchange, training and capacity building.

The Energy and OzonAction Branch in Paris:

  • promotes the adoption of ozone-friendly and energy-efficient practices and policies. It fulfills UNEP's mandate as Implementing Agency of the Montreal Protocol's Multilateral Fund and supports the Climate Change Convention.

The Economics and Trade Branch in Geneva:

  • improves countries' understanding of the interlinkages and complementarities between trade, environment and development;
  • it enhances the capacities of countries in integrating environmental considerations into development planning and decision-making.

The Coordination of Regional Activities Branch in Paris:

  • coodinates regional delivery of UNEP DTIE's activities;
  • oversees DTIE's activities funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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