Over the past few decades, increased recognition has been given to the important role played by partnerships in addressing global challenges. The UN Conference on Environment and Development placed partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society as central to achieving global sustainable development. Successive United Nations conferences and summits have echoed this commitment and have called upon the United Nations to develop partnerships with the private sector, non‐governmental organizations and civil society to enable them to contribute to the realization of internationally agreed development goals as well as the organization’s goals and programmes.
It is increasingly apparent that environmental issues are too large to be addressed by any single entity but rather require the concerted efforts of all sectors of our increasingly interconnected global society. Partnerships offer a mechanism to foster such joint action as well as an opportunity for non‐traditional actors to become involved in the work of the United Nations and to contribute towards the international environmental agenda. UNEP’s longstanding commitment to addressing environmental issues through Partnerships has been instrumental in its successes.
The effective delivery of UNEP’s Programme of Work is based on leveraging results through partnerships, either through direct collaboration or by catalysing action amongst partners in line with expected accomplishments.