Singapore accredited to UN Environment Programme

SINGAPORE - Singapore was accredited to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Monday (Feb 15). The Government appointed Mr Hazri Hassan as Singapore's first non-resident permanent representative to the UNEP. He will live in Singapore.

The UNEP is the leading body which coordinates environmental matters within the United Nations system and sets the global environment agenda.

The Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) said in a statement on Monday: "Accreditation to the UNEP further strengthens Singapore's collaboration with the UNEP and its accredited members, and signals Singapore's commitment to address global environmental challenges through international cooperation."

Mr Hazri, 50, is the director of the International Policy Division at MEWR. He will join representatives from 113 accredited countries on the UNEP's Committee of Permanent Representatives.