The Scientific And Technological Community

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Through its knowledge and expertise the Scientific and Technological Community makes a fundamental contribution to UNEP’s overall work. UNEP is committed to working with and fostering collaboration among the academic, scientific and technological community, in particular in developing countries, to close the technological gap between developing and developed countries, strengthen the science-policy interface as well as to foster international research collaboration on sustainable development. The majority of the global and regional environmental assessments such as the Global Environment Assessment (GEO) are produced in close collaboration and through partnerships with the Scientific and Technological community.

The following examples are only a small part of UNEP’s numerous partnerships with the Scientific and Technological Community at the global, regional and local level.

UNEP and Science

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) collaborates with a wide range of partners throughout the UN system and beyond to provide information on the state of the planet's natural resources and their contribution to sustainable development. 

UNEP's work, a great portion being scientific and technical in nature, is used in support of decision making in environmental management and sustainable development. Additional information is available through the scientific advisory groups.

UNEP's scientific base is continually strengthened, and resources may be accessed on the following websites:

Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

IPBES aims to establish an interface between the scientific community and policy makers to build capacity for and strengthen the use of science in policy making. In addition to UNESCO, UNDP and FAO, UNEP is one of the UN co-partners of IPBES. Although there are many organizations and initiatives that contribute to the science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services, there is no ongoing global mechanism recognized by both the scientific and policy communities that brings information together and synthesizes and analyses it for decision making. IPBES is meant to address these gaps. Read more.

Accredited organizations
Find here a list of all organizations from the Scientific and Technological Community accredited with the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of UNEP.