UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has a strong and solid partnership with the European Commission (EC) hinging on a longstanding dialogue and cooperation. This partnership is governed by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), identifying policy and cooperation priorities. Over the years, UNEP and EC have strengthened the partnership by successfully implementing a wide range of projects. Furthermore, since 2011, this cooperation has resulted in the implementation of a number of innovative framework agreements, offering an opportunity to allocate seed funding to priority areas.
The European Union is one of UNEP's main supporters for voluntary contributions. This has allowed the organization to implement its work programme and make a difference at global and regional level in the following areas:
- Transforming environmental governance
- Resource efficiency and green economy
- Sound management of chemicals and wastes
- Ecosystems services and natural capital
- Science-policy interface