Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1979

Publication Title

American Universities Field Staff

Abstract

It was once described as a part of the "quiet side" of the United Nations family, one of those organizations that did good works but rarely made headlines. Times have changed. Today the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, has come into prominence, not because of UN cliches about "spaceship earth," but because a great many ordinary people have come to realize they could be physically harmed by environmental hazards. The common man" in industrial states has begun to worry about the environment in respect to his health and the health of his children. He is asking hard questions about contamination and industrial waste, about poisons and noxious gasses in the air he breathes.

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