The Ukrainian environmental association "Zelenyi Svit" (Friends of the Earth, Ukraine) is a national non-governmental organisation (NGO), which includes territorial environmental NGOs that represent all the Ukrainian regions. A number of organisations that deal with specific environmental issues belong to it as well. The commissions of the association supervise the work in concrete directions.
"Zelenyi Svit", was founded in 1987 and officially registered in 1990, has become the first real environmental NGO in Ukraine. "Zelenyi Svit" was the first among the NGOs that started to work out the issues of sustainable development. It has become one of initiators of working out of legal and practical aspects of this issue in Ukraine.
"Zelenyi Svit" became a full member of the federation "Friends of the Earth International" in 1994 and always actively participates in implementation of programmes and projects of the world and European federations of "Friends of the Earth". "Zelenyi Svit" organisations are active at the national, regional and the local levels.