United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
In 1972, the then Czechoslovakia was one of the founders of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which is responsible for the environmental pillar of sustainable development. The Czech Republic has been actively involved in the UNEP activities since 1993 when it was elected a member of its main body – the Governing Council (GC). In 2007, the First Deputy Minister of the Environment of the Czech Republic Jan Dusík was elected a Vice-president of the GC bureau as the representative of Central and Eastern European Countries Regional Group for the period 2007-2009. Mr Dusík also served as a chairman of the Committee of the Whole, where the main decisions are discussed and adopted.
At the 25th Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum in February 2009, during the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union, 17 decisions were adopted, including the very important decision on chemicals management. According to the decision, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) was established in 2010 to prepare a global legally binding instrument on mercury by 2013. The Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic has been actively involved in the negotiating process through its representative in the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee, Ms Kateřina Šebková.
Contact point for the UNEP in the Czech Republic
Ministry of the Environment
Department of Multilateral Relations
Ms Petra Tachecí
Tel.: +420 267 122 454
Fax.: +420 267 310 015
Czech contact point for the UNEP abroad
Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to UNEP