Cabinet approves pact between India and UNEP

January 29th, 2009 - 7:36 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan 29, (ANI): The Cabinet has approved a proposal for an Agreement between India and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for capacity building in the field of protection and conservation of environment.
The agreement will provide a framework of cooperation in capacity building, training and spreading awareness on environmental issues.
The Agreement will be signed and implemented through the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics (NACEN) under the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance.
NACEN is a premier training institution of the Government of India under the Department of Revenue in the Ministry of Finance, whose purpose is to impart training to the officers of Customs, Excise & Narcotics.
The Agreement will also help in providing exposure to various international law and practices in this sphere.
It will provide an effective platform and mechanism for finalizing work programmes in specific project areas on environmental regulation as also to combat environmental crimes at borders.
NACEN will act as a collaborating centre for UNEP in this regard. UNEP will provide funding for various projects to be implemented through a Centre to be set under the NACEN.
This would be the first such collaborating centre for UNEP in a developing country.
UNEP is a leading organization of United Nations in the field of environment and has its major area of focus, the conservation, protection, enhancement and support of nature and natural resources, including biological diversity, worldwide.
The protection and conservation of environment is of prime importance not only for the country but also for entire humankind.
The signing of this Agreement will significantly help the officers of Indian Revenue, Administrations as well as other government officials in capacity building in the field of protection and conservation of environment. (ANI)

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