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					UNEP Eco-Peace Leadership Center
          PROSPECTUS




 UNEP Eco-Peace Leadership Center
         November 2006
Contents

□ MOC between UNEP and EPLC …………… 3
□ A concept paper on
  UNEP Eco-Peace Leadership Center………..11




                     Memorandum of Cooperation
                             between
           The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
                                   and
       The Eco Peace Leadership Center Foundation, Korea (EPLCF)
                       on the establishment of the


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                    UNEP-EPLC Eco-Peace Leadership Center

Whereas the United Nations Environment Programme (hereinafter referred to as
“UNEP”) was established by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution
2997 (XXVII) of 15 December 1972;


Whereas the mission of UNEP is to address, inter alia, the need for environment-related
technology support and capacity-building in developing countries as well as in countries
with economics in transition recognized in General Assembly resolutions 2997(XXVII)
of 15 December 1972 and 3436(XXX) of 9 December 1975, as well as in Agenda 21
and the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development;


Whereas UNEP is also mandated to catalyze, coordinate and stimulate action on the
environment within the UN system and the world at large;


Whereas Decision 23/1, Implementation of decision SS.VII/1 on International
Environmental Governance, of the Twenty-third session of the UNEP Governing
Council, adopted the Bali Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity-Building
and requested UNEP to give high priority to its effective and immediate
implementation;


Whereas the Eco-Peace Leadership Center Foundation, Korea (hereinafter referred to as
(“the Foundation”) was established to promote the realization of a clean environment
and peaceful community in the Asia Pacific region by setting up a civil society network
in the field of the environment and by supporting educational activities for leadership
training as well as field activities such as conservation and restoration of the natural
environment;


Whereas the Foundation was established under the common interest of various
participants including universities, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Government
Organisations (GOs), and enterprises, with the aim of strengthening partnerships
amongst all stakeholders in the field of environment education;


Whereas the Foundation has a deep interest in capacity building and technology transfer
of GOs and CSOs in Asian Pacific countries and the intention to enhance international
cooperation in the field of the environment and in this context, affirms its strong
intention in working together with UNEP to fulfill the objectives of the Bali Strategic
Plan for Technology Support and Capacity-Building;


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Now therefore, the Foundation and UNEP (hereinafter together referred to as “the
Parties”) have agreed as follows:




                                 Article 1 – PURPOSE

    1.       The purpose of this Memorandum is to provide a framework of cooperation
             and understanding and to facilitate collaboration between the Parties to
             further their shared goals and objectives relating to activities in the area of
             conservation, protection, enhancement and support of nature and natural
             resources, to be carried out at the “UNEP-EPLCF Eco-Peace Leadership
             Center” (hereinafter referred to as “ the Center”)


         Article 2 –THE OBJECTIVES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE CENTER

    2.       The Specific objectives of the Center are:
    To disseminate the experiences and expertise of the Korean people in the civil
society sector, towards the implementation of the Bali Strategic Plan of Technology
Support and Capacity Building;
    To provide support for a regional civil society network in the field of the
environment in the Asia Pacific region;
    To support capacity building for CSOs through education and re-education of
professional environmental activists
    To support capacity building through projects and international conferences related
to environmental issues in the Asia Pacific region
    To implement a scholarship progamme to train NGO activists in the field of
environment and sustainable development
    To enable the use of other research facilities in Korea for environmental
organizations
    To provide environment-related consulting services and advice


    3.    The functions of the Center are to:
   Implement the plans for talent cultivation, scientific research and international
conferences as set by the Foundation
    Participate in regional environmental assessments, particularly in the civil society
dimensions of this, and, upon invitation, participate in other related initiatives and
projects organized and coordinated by UNEP, including the Global Civil Society Forum
    Assist the decentralized sub-regional civil society networks in the five sub-regions

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of the Asia-Pacific, viz. Northeast Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia and
the Pacific
    Conduct research on global and regional environmental issues.
    Organize seminars and workshops on global and regional environmental issues
    Provide research results to UNEP, and offer scientific and technical advice for
global and regional environmental protection, peace and environment cooperation,
urban ecology environment, water and dam management, recycled energy, combating
desertification and deforestation, local community revival, and environmental culture.
    Disseminate results, in coordination with the Ministry of Environment of the
Republic of Korea, on best practices and technology development.
    Provide support to the UNEP programme of work, especially related to civil society,
at global and regional levels, and participate in capacity building programmes,
particularly for developing countries in Asia and the Pacific.


                  Article 3 – MODALITIES OF COOPERATION

   4.     Institutional Framework
   The Center will be founded as part of the Foundation. It will remain a body of the
Foundation and will not be part of UNEP in any respect.
    A Supervisory Board (the Terms of Reference of which is attached as Appendix 1)
will be established to formulate the development plan, operation and management
model and raise funds for the Center. The Board consists of members from UNEP, the
Foundation and other relevant organizations and sectors.
    The Head of the Center, nominated by the Foundation in consultation with the
Executive Director of UNEP, and approved by the Supervisory Board, will be
responsible for the operation of the Center.
    Functionary bodies in charge of management, research and finance will be
established based on the strategic and actual needs for the development and smooth
operation of the Center.
    The name and logo of UNEP can be used on the Center’s printed materials,
correspondence and other activities undertaken by the Center only as directed and
supervised by UNEP. The Center will be bound by United Nations rules for use of the
name and logo as well as standards for publications and public relations established by
the UN in this regard.
    In no event will authorization of the UNEP name, emblem, or any abbreviation
thereof, be granted for commercial purposes.
    The Center may, from time to time, undertake independent projects that are solely
under the direction of the Foundation and unrelated to UNEP’s programme of work.
When it undertakes such activities, the Center will not operate under the name “UNEP-
EPLCF Eco-Peace Leadership Center”. No report or document that is published under

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the name of “UNEP-EPLCF Eco-Peace Leadership Center” may be published without
clearance by UNEP.
    The Center will keep its own financial records. UNEP and the Foundation shall have
the right of review of these financial records relating to funds they have provided.
    Nothing in this Memorandum imposes funding or budgetary obligations on UNEP
in regard to the Center.


    5.      Obligations and Responsibilities


            5.1. UNEP shall,
                 5.1.1 at its discretion, provide support to the UNEP related programme
                 of work at the Centre, especially related to civil society, at global and
                 regional levels, and participate in capacity building programmes,
                 particularly for developing countries in Asia and the Pacific. Ensure
                 presence of two senior officials in the Board, promote the Center’s
                 participation in international cooperative programmes, and provide up-
                 to-date information on environmental issues (including conference
                 colloquia, books, CD-ROMs and software), subject to the availability
                of these materials.
                5.1.2 provide linkages to UNEP’s Global Civil Society Forum, the sub-
                regional networks in the Asia Pacific region and the UNEP National
                Committee for Korea.
                5.1.3 provide documents concerning UNEP policies, strategies and
                work plans, thereby aid the Center in its educational and scientific
                research programs.
                 5.1.4 Review reports to be published under the name of the Center,
                 and provide comments in a timely manner.


            5.2. The Foundation shall
                 5.2.1 Provide policy and administrative support
                 5.2.2 Provide the necessary human resource, infrastructure and office
                 facilities, and provide support for the Center to conduct
                 internationalized degree education.
                 5.2.3 Provide financial support for the operation of the Center.


    6.      Communication Arrangements
               At the Foundation;
               The Eco-Peace Leadership Center Foundation
               200-701 Hyoja 2 Dong, Chun Cheon Si, Kangwondo, Rep. of Korea
               Tel: +82-33-257-7129

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            Fax: +82-33-257-7130
            Email: eplc@paran.com


            At UNEP;
            UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP/ROAP)
            UN Building, Rajdamnern Avenue, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
            Tel: +66-2-288 1871
            Fax: +66-2-2803829
            Email: uneproap@un.org



Article 4– ENTRY INTO FORCE, AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION

7.      The Memorandum shall come into effect upon the date of upon the date of
        signature by both parties and will initially be valid for five (5) years, after
        which the Parties will review the extension of the Memorandum of
        Cooperation. Should any party intend to terminate the Memorandum, a
        written notice should be sent to the other party three (3) months in advance.
        No change in or modification of this Memorandum shall be made, except
        by prior written consent of the Parties.
8.      This Memorandum may be amended with the mutual consent of the Parties
        in writing. Each such amendment shall enter into force on the date it is
        agreed by both Parties.


      Article 5 – PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES, INDEMNITY AND
                            ARBITRATION

9.      Staff members of the Center or the Foundation shall not be considered in
        any respect to be officials or staff members of UNEP. This provision in no
        way waives the applicable privileges and immunities provided by the
        Convention on Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations (adopted
        by the General Assembly on 13 February 1946) to experts undertaking
        specific tasks for the United Nations for the purposes of the execution of
        those tasks.
10.     Nothing in this Memorandum shall be deemed a waiver of any of the
        privileges and immunities of United Nations as they apply to UNEP.


11.     The Foundation shall indemnify, hold and save harmless and defend, at its
        own expense, UNEP, its officers, agents and employees from and against all
        suit, claims, demands and liability of any nature or kind, including costs

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               and expenses arising out of negligent, misconduct of the Foundation, the
               Center or its employees in the performance of the terms of this
               Memorandum.


   12.         Any controversy or claim arising out of or in accordance with this
               Memorandum or breach thereof, shall, unless it is settled by direct
               negotiation, be settled in accordance with the UNCITRAL Arbitration
               Rules as at present in force. The Parties shall be bound by any arbitration
               award rendered as a result of such arbitration as the final adjudication of
               any such controversy or claim.



   Signed in duplicate at Seoul, Korea on this the 17th day of August, 2006




For the United Nations Environment                    For the Foundation
Programme




Mr. Surendra Shrestha                                 Prof. Dr. CHOI, Hyun-sub
Regional Director and Representative                  The Eco-Peace Leadership Center
Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific,             Foundation, Korea
Thailand



                                         Appendix 1


              TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE SUPERVISORY BOARD
              OF THE UNEP-EPLCF ECO-PEACE LEADERSHIP CENTER


                                    I.      General Terms

         I.       The UNEP-EPLCF Eco-Peace Leadership Center is a capacity building
                  and civil society networking organization established on the basis of the
                  Eco-Peace Leadership Center Foundation, Korea in compliance with the
               Memorandum signed by the said parties.
         II.   The specific objectives of the Center are;
    To promote the implementation of the Bali Strategic Plan on Technology Support
and Capacity Building, and dissemination of the Korean experience and expertise in
relation to CSOs;
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    To assist with the coordination of an Asia Pacific regional network on civil society
comprising five decentralised sub-regional networks from Northeast Asia, South Asia,
Central Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific;
    To promote capacity building in the region, through specific training programmes,
conferences, scholarships, research and demonstration projects for civil society and
other stakeholders; and
    To serve as an important base, both domestically and regionally, for training,
scientific research and information exchange.


        III.    A Supervisory Board will be formed by the United Nations
                Environment Programme and the Eco-Peace Leadership Center
                Foundation, Korea through mutual consultation (hereinafter referred to
                as the Board). The Board is to provide guidance to the Center’s
                development and operation.


                  II.     The Composition and Structure of the Board

        IV.     The Board shall be composed of 10 to 12 members. They are officials
                from both parties and senior experts in the field of environmental
                protection and management, among which two officials will be from the
                United Nations Environment Programme.
        V.      The Board has one Chair who should be an eminent person from Korea
                in environmental protection. The candidate of the Chair should be
                nominated by the Board of the Foundation, in consultation with the
                Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme.
        VI.     The term of service is __ 2____ years for board members, and
                membership can be renewed.
        VII.    The Center shall serve as the Secretariat to the Board.
        VIII.   The Board will meet once every year with the venue and timing to be
                decided. Under special circumstances, the Chair can propose special
                meetings. The expenses of the Board meetings will be provided by the
                Center’s budget.




                        III.    The Responsibilities of the Board

       IX.    The main responsibilities of the Board include:
   Review and ratify the rules and regulations of the Center;
   Review the plan and development direction of the Center, in response to the global

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environmental policies and education direction;
    Review the work plan and annual report of the Center;
    Review the annual financial report of the Center;
    Supervise the implementation of the Board’s decisions;
    Review other important issues in the Center;
    Provide the Center with consultative information on the international environmental
issues and the new developments of the United Nations Environment Programme.


                  IV.     Rights and Obligations of the Board Members

        X.      The Board members are entitled to;
    Attend the Board meeting, review the work report of the Center and supervise the
work of the Center;
    Make recommendations on the Center’s work and present the recommendations to
the Board for review;
    Recommend candidates for membership of the Board.


        XI.     The Board members are obliged to;
    Contribute to the construction and development of the Center by using their
influence and social connections;
    Promote and support the teaching, researching and other work of the Center;
complete the tasks assigned by the Board;
    Publicize the Center and enhance its social influence.


                                V.      Supplementary Terms

        XII.  These Terms of Reference shall enter into force as of the day of the
              approval by the Board.
        XIII. Any revision, cancellation and addition to this Terms of Reference
              should be put forward, reviewed and passed by the Board.
        XIV. The right of explanation of these Terms of Reference belongs to the
              Board.




□ A concept paper on UNEP-Eco-Peace Leadership Center
I. Background


1. Recalling the important mandate of UNEP in catalyzing, coordinating and stimulating action
on the environment within UN system and the world at large. Furthermore, noting that the Bali

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Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity-Building of the United Nations
Environment Programme (UNEP) concerning the strengthening of international environmental
governance calls for developing a strategic plan for the provision of technology support and
capacity-building to developing countries as well as to countries with economies in transition at
the national, sub-regional and regional levels, the Foundation of Eco-Peace Leadership Center,
Korea (hereinafter referred to as Foundation) was established to accelerate the realization of a
community of life and peace in the Asian Pacific region by setting up a human resources
network in the field of the environment and by supporting educational activities for leadership
training with field activities such as conservation and restoration of natural environment.


2. Recognizing the Foundation established under the common interest of various participants
including universities, CSOs, GOs, and enterprises, making it strengthen the partnership of all
stakeholders in society and possess high expertises in the education of environment
conservation.


3. Recognizing the Foundation's deep interest on capacity building and technology transfer of
GOs and CSOs in Asian Pacific countries and the intention to enhance international cooperation
in the field of the environment, according to affirming the strong intention in working together
to fulfill the objectives of the Bali Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity-
Building.


4. The UNEP Eco-Peace Leadership Center will be designed as a collaborative effort of the
UNEP and EPLC with the support from Kangwon National University as a means to provide
training for GO and CSO leaders from various backgrounds in the Asia-Pacific region. One of
the main ideas of the UNEP-EPLC is to develop and provide the environmental educational
programmes to build in developing countries in Asia Pacific regions.


5. The Foundation shall provide the UNEP-EPLC with 1) policy and administrative support, 2)
provide necessary human resource, infrastructure and office facilities, and the other supports for
the UNEP-EPLC to conduct internationalized degree education, and 3) provide financial
support for the operation of the UNEP-EPLC.
6. UNEP shall 1) ensure two senior officials in the Supervisory Board of UNEP-EPLC (the
Terms of Reference of which is attached as Appendix1), promote the Center's participation in
international cooperative programmes, and provide up-to-date information on environmental
issues (including conference colloquia, books, CDs, and software), subject to the availability of
these materials, 2) provide documents concerning UNEP policies, strategies and work plans,
thereby aid the UNEP-EPLC in its educational and scientific research programs, and 3) review
reports to be published under the name of the UNEP-EPLC, and provide comments in a timely
manner.



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II. Objectives


The objectives of EPLC are as follows:
1. To provide support for human resources network in the field of the environment in              the
Asian Pacific region
2. To provide support for education and re-education of professional environmental        activists
3.   To   provide      support   for   projects   and   international   conferences     related    to
environmental issues in the Asian Pacific region
4. To implement scholarship project to train environmentally friendly professionals from
GOs/CSOs.
5. To provide support for the establishment of joint facility for environmental
organizations, and
6. To provide environment related consulting and advice.


III. Functions


The functions of EPLC are as follows:
1. To implement the plans for talent cultivation, scientific research and international conference
as set by the Foundation
2. To participate in regional environmental assessment and other initiatives and projects
organized and coordinated by UNEP
3. To conduct research on global and regional environmental issues
4. To organized seminars and workshops on global and regional environmental issues
5. To provide research results to UNEP, and offer scientific and technical consultation for
global and regional environmental protection, watershed management, environmental disaster
management, environmental governance, peace education and conflict settlement, and local
community reconstruction.
6. To disseminate results, in coordination with the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of
Korea, on best practice and technology development and
7. To provide support UNEP programmes of work at global and regional levels, and participate
in capacity building programmes, especially for countries in Asia and the Pacific, in relevant
fields organized by UNEP.


IV. Relations with UNEP


1. The name and logo of UNEP can be used on the printed materials, correspondence and other
activities undertaken under the UNEP-EPLC only as directed and supervised by UNEP. The
UNEP-EPLC will be bound by United Nations rules for use of the name and logo as well as
standards for publications and public relations established by the UN in this regard.



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2. The UNEP-EPLC will keep its own financial records. UNEP and the Foundation shall have
the right of review of these financial records. Nothing in this Agreement imposes funding or
budgetary obligations on UNEP in regard to the UNEP-EPLC.


3. A Supervisory Board of UNEP-EPLC consists of members from UNEP, the Foundation of
EPLC and other relevant organizations and sectors, to formulate the development plan,
operation and management model and to raise fund.


4. The Head of UNEP-EPLC, nominated by the Foundation of EPLC in consultation with the
Executive Director of UNEP, and approved by the Supervisory Board, will be responsible for
the operation of the UNEP-EPLC. Under the Supervisory Board, functionary bodies in charge
of management, researching and financing will be established based on the strategic and actual
needs for the development and smooth operation.



V. Programme and Financial Support to Participants


We had EPLC Opening Ceremony and SEOUL NGO forum. (2006-8-17)
1. Programme will be held
  o      Orientation and Field Research (2006-11~2007-4)
  o      Conference and Presentation in Seoul (TBD/2007-6)
2. The Financial Support will bear the following expenses incurred during the programme
  o      An economy class, round-trip air ticket between Seoul and the nearest international
airport of the participant’s country
  o      Meals and accommodation from arrival to departure excluding incidental charges, such
as bills for telephone, laundry, video, mini-bar, etc.
  o      Medical insurance covering medical treatment during their stay in Korea in
accordance with the policies of a local insurance company. Expenses for medical treatment
related to pre-existing illness, pregnancy and dental treatment are not covered by the insurance.
VI. Benefit to UNEP


UNEP can achieve the concept of the decision SS.VII/1 of 15 February 2002 of the Governing
Council of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Bali Strategic Plan for
Technology Support and Capacity-Building by utilizing UNEP-EPLC. One can notice that the
well-trained leaders from CSO and other sector will help to settle the environmental conflicts
and disputes at local and regional levels.



VII. Advantage to the Foundation



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EPLC can provide the Leadership program for those leaders who would like to learn state-of-art
technology and information and share. In this way, EPLC can contribute the improvement of
environmental conditions in Asia Pacific regions with the authentic support from UNEP. Korea
can share its precious experience with other leaders countries to solve the all environmental
disasters and problems.




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