Accreditation With the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of UNEP


“But today's challenges require the United Nations to be more than just an intergovernmental forum; it must engage others, too.” (Cardoso report, 2004).

The views, expertise and action of Major Groups are fundamental to any environment and sustainable development strategy. At international, national or local levels Major Groups play a critical role in changing the world’s reality and improving the environment and people’s lives. Bringing the matters of daily life and new perspectives into policy-making, Major Groups are indispensable for international environmental governance. 

This is why the Major Groups and Stakeholders Branch at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi constantly works on strengthening the cooperation with Major Groups and Stakeholders of civil society and increasing transparency and participation in intergovernmental decision-making processes. 

There are two ways for Major Groups and Stakeholders to get involved with UNEP: Registration at the UNEP CSO Directory and United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of UNEP. Once the accreditation is successful, Major Groups and stakeholders of civil society are granted consultative status at the UNEA as defined in the current rules of procedure that will be revised during UNEA 2014.


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What is a consultative status?

Accreditation will grant your organization consultative status at UNEP, within the rules of procedure of the UNEA. 

In the run-up to the sessions of the UNEA, accredited organizations of Major Groups have the opportunity to:


receive unedited working documents of the UNEA first-hand and at the same time as the Committee of the Permanent Representatives, and 

submit to the United Nations Environment Programme Secretariat written contributions to these unedited working documents which will then be distributed to Governments;


Advantages of being accredited

During the sessions of the UNEA, accredited organizations of Major Groups have the opportunity to: 
  • attend the Plenary, the Committee of the Whole and the Ministerial Consultations discussions as observers;
  • circulate written statements to Governments through the UNEP Secretariat; and
  • make oral statements during the discussions of the UNEA at the invitation of the chairperson.
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Get accredited!

Organizations who want to seize this opportunity and make their voice heard at UNEP, can find out more about the accreditation process in the "Modalities for accreditation of civil-society organizations to the   UNEA of the United Nations Environment Programme":  

Organizations who meet the accreditation criteria are invited to complete the Application form for Accreditation to the UNEA. 

Currently, 302 Major Groups and stakeholders’ organizations are accredited with the UNEP/UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT ASSEMBLY(UNEA): List of accredited organizations

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These publications provide additional Information for civil society organizations seeking to participate in UNEP’s work:

      Natural Allies: Engaging Civil Society in UNEP’s Work (2nd Edition)

“Natural Allies: Engaging Civil Society in UNEP’s Work” provides a clear picture of how civil society can and does work with UNEP, both benefiting from and strengthening UNEP’s programme of work. It assists civil society in catalysing the political and social changes needed for the acceleration of a transition to a resource efficient, low carbon, sustainable Green Economy in the 21st century.

    Intergovernmental negotiations and decision-making at the United Nations

This publication explains the governance and decision-making fora and processes of the UN system: the principal UN organs of decision-making, the negotiating blocs at the UN, the various types of documentation and the nature of UN decisions and the weight they carry internationally. Despite strict legal definitions, the nature and weight of UN decisions are often subject to interpretation by UN Member States in its deliberative processes.