The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has been the global authority that sets the environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations System and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
UNEP’s mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
Agenda Item: ” Countering Natural Resource Overexploitation through Ecosystem Restoration “
Summary of The Item
Overexploitation occurs when a natural renewable resource is harvested to the point of diminishing returns. Such human activity is one of the main drivers of diminishing global biodiversity, whereby its continuous uncontrolled application may lead to the extinction of species and thereby destabilize entire ecosystems. This form of development, in turn, degrades Earth’s finite capacity to sustain human well-being, especially when economic and financial systems fail to account for the natural world. In turn, ecosystem restoration may prove to be one of the most viable solutions, in addition to the application of human ingenuity to transform financial, economic, and productive systems in the shift to sustainability.