United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

UNEP logoWhat is UNEP?

Founded in 1972, the United Nations Environment Programme is the voice for the environment within the UN system. UNEP’s mandate and the 2012 Rio+20 Outcome Document direct UNEP 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 governance & the UN Environmental Assembly  

UNEP strengthening – Rio+20 outcome, para 88

‘Environment for development’

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

Explore UNEP’s offices worldwide

See UNEP’s regional presence

To set its work, UNEP 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 UNEP’s medium-term strategy

Read an overview of UNEP’s work from 2013

UNEP Liaison Office to the European Union in Brussels

© Christopher Uglow / Still Pictures / UNEP

Established in April 2001, UNEP’s Liaison Office to the EU in Brussels works closely with the EU institutions to increase policy dialogue and build strategic partnerships that fulfil the shared goals of UNEP and the EU. Since 2014, the office has been headed by Ulf Björnholm Ottosson.

Partnership with EU institutions

UNEP 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. UNEP works closely with the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee and has MoUs with the Committee of the Regions, the Joint Research Centre, and the European Environmental Agency.

Engaging major groups & stakeholders

UNEP 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.

For news, events and publications relevant to Brussels

Visit/join our online group ‘UNEP – Environment for Development’  to find our latest reports and news

Follow @UNEP_EU  on twitter

Join our mailing list customised for Brussels, incl. ‘UNEP Connect’ newsletter

More information  http://www.unep.org

For further information please contact:

UNEP Liaison Office to the EU
14 Rue Montoyer
1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32-2-213-3050
Fax: +32-2-213-3051
E-mail: unep-eu@unep.org

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