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UNEP and Microsoft announce partnership to help address environmental issues by leveraging technology

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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Microsoft Corp have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on leveraging information and communication technology (ICT) solutions to help address today’s complex environmental challenges. The signing took place during UNEP’s 25th session of the Governing Council and Global Ministerial Environment Forum on the theme “Globalization and the Environment”, held at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, and attended by more than 100 environment ministers.

The partnership focuses on helping environmental stakeholders – including UNEP and other international organisations, governments, nongovernmental organisations and researchers – work more effectively by making use of new technologies. UNEP and Microsoft are cooperating to support UNEP’s mandate of promoting environmental understanding and increasing public knowledge about environmental factors and the problems facing future generations. Areas of cooperation include the following:

  • Providing access to research and scientific information on the environment
  • Building integrated knowledge platforms to enable better cooperation between different actors
  • Supporting the development of applications for environmental sustainability management