UN Environment

What is UN Environment?

Founded in 1972, the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the voice for the environment within the UN system. UN Environment is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda. Its mandate and the 2012 Rio+20 Outcome Document direct UN Environment to ‘promote the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the UN system and to serve as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.’

UNEP strengthening – Rio+20 outcome, para 88

‘Environment for development’

UN Environment works both at global and regional levels with a variety of partners on topics related to environment for development.

See UN Environment’s Organizational Structure

To set its work, UN Environment weighs the most pressing global environmental challenges against the priorities of regions and those emanating from multilateral environmental agreements. For the 2014-2017 period the focus areas for the organization are: climate change; disasters and conflicts; ecosystem management; environmental governance; chemicals and waste; resource efficiency; and environment under review.

Work & priorities in our medium-term strategy

Read an overview of UN Environment’s work from 2016

UN Environment Brussels Office

Established in April 2001, UN Environment’s Brussels office,  works to promote and facilitate partnership-building and resource mobilization between UN Environment and EU institutions and key EU stakeholders in view to implement the environmental dimension of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda globally and in the EU.

Since 2014, the office has been headed by Ulf Björnholm Ottosson.

Partnership with EU institutions

UN Environment has a strong partnership with the EU institutions focused on policy dialogue and programmatic cooperation. In 2004 it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the European Commission, and a joint statement in 2011. In 2014 UN Environment and the European Commission have signed a renewed MoU complemented by an Annex in December 2015 setting out in more detail the areas of collaboration.

UN Environment works closely with the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee and has memorandum of understandings with the Committee of the Regions, the Joint Research Centre, and the European Environmental Agency.

UN Environment also has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Secretariat of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States.

Engaging major groups & stakeholders

UN Environment is pleased to work with a number of major groups & stakeholders (MGS) active on environment for development in Brussels, both outside and inside the environment and development sectors.


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