EU to stiffen UN's environmental backbone

The EU is to help strengthen policy making by the UN environment programme (Unep). Under a memorandum of understanding signed on Monday, the European Commission and Unep will engage in "structured and consistent collaboration". Unspecified extra EU funding for Unep is also on the cards. The partnership is expected to strengthen global environmental governance, the Commission said in a statement. The EU has long supported a stronger mandate for Unep, for example as a counterweight to the World trade organisation (EED 18/02/02). See Commission press release and Unep.

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