Non-Governmental Organizations and Private Sector
- The effective delivery of UNEP’s Programme of Work is based mostly on leveraging results through partnerships, either through direct collaboration or by catalysing action amongst partners in line with expected accomplishments.
- These partnerships are being built, maintained and expanded with sister UN agencies and government entities, a wide range of major groups and stakeholders, including NGOs, the private sector, local authorities, and academic and scientific institutions.
- Well-managed partnerships offer ideal vehicles to implement UNEP’s global policies at regional and national levels, while simultaneously building capacity. Similarly, by laying a foundation of knowledge and capacity that allows these same actors to undertake environmentally sound activities on their own, UNEP greatly expands its ability to realise the expected accomplishments of its Programme of Work. In both cases, these partner entities use and build capacity on environmental issues, integrate environment into national development strategies, as well as support the implementation of the commitments made by the Member States under these strategies and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).
- Sometimes the work is undertaken pursuant to a partnership agreement with UNEP; at times using resources that UNEP provides to the partners to the agreement. Sometimes UNEP serves only to inspire and guide or to establish an enabling environment. In all situations, it should be expected and accepted that UNEP has a legitimate claim to share the outcome with other partners and contributors, although attribution is more complex.
- The Member States and the Secretariat need to work together to broaden the range of relevant and appropriate partners for the implementation of the PoW, and they should be considered as resources to be mobilised in themselves.
- UNEP already set up the necessary institutional capacity for managing partnerships, including a robust partnership policy, to ensure efficient and effective operations, due diligence and screening, accurate financial and operational reporting, safeguarding of assets and compliance with mandates as well as regulations and rules that the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) has assessed as sound and satisfactory. The next step will be a mechanism for assessing and reporting on the catalysed activities that capture the nuances of UNEP’s role in these partners' achievements.
By tapping into the vast knowledge and expertise of the scientific community, UNEP has managed to keep the world informed of emerging environmental issues. By working with Governments, UNEP has helped shape environmental policy at the global, regional and national levels and enhanced capacity of States to deliver on their environmental commitments. By forging alliances with civil society and other non‐state actors, UNEP has helped raise the profile of environmental issues and facilitated the adoption of new and innovative approaches to addressing environmental challenges.
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