New UNEP Publication: Perspectives

Perspectives: A UNEP publication series from and for Major Groups and Stakeholders
Major Groups and Stakeholders are key partners for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in its efforts to improve the global environment. In order to ensure that the voices of civil society are better heard in the on-going discussions on environment and sustainable development, UNEP has launched the publication series "Perspectives".

Perspectives presents views from Major Groups and Stakeholders on global environmental issues and themes that are relevant and important for the discussion on environment and sustainable development. UNEP’s Perspectives will present discussion papers, opinion pieces, and reports that will focus primarily on topics related to UNEP's area of work, including themes of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), and the implementation of the 2030 agenda. Major Groups and Stakeholders representatives are the main authors of the series.

Perspectives is coordinated by UNEP's Major Groups and Stakeholders Branch. The views presented in the publications do not necessarily reflect those of UNEP, but rather inform the discussions and contribute to the strengthening of the dialogue on environment and sustainable development.

Perspectives is widely distributed among Major Groups, Governments and media in electronic form. Readers are invited to send feedback to the authors and/or to UNEP through the Major Groups and Stakeholders Branch (civil.society(at)

Proposals for new publications are also welcome. Please contact: civil.society(at)

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     African Indigenous Peoples and the UNEP Green Economy Initiative

The UN Environment Program (UNEP) has released a report on the Green Economy Initiative (GEI), which was also a major theme at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) marking the 20th anniversary of the Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992. The GEI represents a central element in international policy about responding to the crisis of global climate instability, the rapid decline in biodiversity and the serious threats these pose to peace and well-being on the planet.


Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World

The report entitled “Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World” is the first comprehensive study on the emergence of a “Green Economy” and its impact on the world of work. It includes new data that shows a changing pattern of employment in which green jobs are being generated in many sectors and economies around the world as a result of measures to tackle climate change and to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. This has also led to changing patterns of investment flows into areas such as renewable energy and energy efficiency at the household and industrial level. Within current policy frameworks, only a fraction of the potential benefits for jobs and development is forthcoming.


"About UNEP" Booklet: [English] , [Français]

The "About UNEP" Booklet is an introduction to the work of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

UNEP is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system UNEP’s mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

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

In recent years, UNEP has placed particular emphasis on reaching out to civil society and mainly to the nine Major Groups. These Major Groups have been defined at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992 and divide civil society into nine groups: Business and Industry, Children and Youth, Farmers, Indigenous Peoples and their communities, Local Authorities, Non-Governmental Organisations, the Scientific and Technological Community, Women, and Workers and Trade Unions. 

The second edition of “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. UNEP hopes this book will contribute to assisting civil society catalyse 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. 

English Version



Versión española 


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Labour and the Environment: A Natural Synergy

”Labour and the Environment: A Natural Synergy” is the result of a cooperation between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), as well as workers and trade unions. The latter are represented by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the International Labour Foundation for Sustainable Development (Sustainlabour). This publication is meant to contribute to a better understanding of the links between labour and the environment, and to shaping social and environmental policies for sustainable development.


A Guide to the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) for NGOs - A to Z of the GEF

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) is the largest funder of projects designed to protect the global environment. It has provided more than 6,000 small grants directly to community-based organizations (CBOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). GEF projects are implemented through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank, regional development banks, and other specialized United Nations agencies.
NGOs play a variety of important roles both in the development and the execution of Global Environmental Facility projects, as well as in influencing its policies. This guide introduces non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society actors to its work. 


Women and the Environment

This publication makes the often hidden links between women and the environment visible, with an explicit focus on the gender-related aspects of land, water and biodiversity conservation and management. UNEP hopes that Women and the Environment will inspire the environmental and sustainable development community to better understand the importance of gender, and to integrate a gender perspective across all of its work. 

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Cultural Diversity and Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

This booklet is the summary of a high-level roundtable on "Cultural Diversity and Biodiversity for Sustainable Development", convened by UNEP together with UNESCO during the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002.
Chaired by former French President Jacques Chirac, the prominent interdisciplinary panel included the Heads of State of New Zealand and Mozambique, Ministers from India and Iran, as well as Nobel Laureates Ms. Rigoberta Menchu and Wole Soyinka and Ms. Esther Camac. It underlined the importance of respecting and integrating the diversity of nature and culture as a prerequisite for sustainable development and examined ways and means to further the dialogue on cultural diversity and biodiversity. It also features ideas on how to develop a global environmental ethic - benefiting fully from the culture, knowledge and skills of indigenous peoples.

Edition française


TUNZA - The UNEP Magazine for Youth

In February 2003, the Governing Council adopted a long-term strategy for engaging young people in environmental activities and in the work of UNEP. The strategy was entitled the Tunza Youth Strategy. The word “TUNZA” means “to treat with care or affection” in Kiswahili (a sub-regional language of Eastern Africa). Tunza is an initiative that aims at developing activities in the areas of capacity building, environmental awareness, and information exchange. Its overall objective is to foster a generation of environmentally conscious citizens, capable of positive action. The Tunza magazine is an important by-product of this strategy and is published quarterly.

Edition française
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Civic Entrepreneurship: A Civil Society Perspective on Sustainable Development

Civic Entrepreneurship is a history of the future. This seven-volume series seeks to synthesize successful practical experiences of what is sustainable development. It underlines the fundamental role of civil society - both as a promoter of civic values and as the mobilizer of the energy and initiative of citizens. It is the result of a two-year collaboration between over 350 civil society practitioners from 70 countries. Over 1,000 cases of successful examples of sustainable development are listed; the process was led by UNEP's Division of Policy Development and Law (DPDL), the Stockholm Environment Institute - Boston Center (SEI-B), and the Ring.


Our Planet Magazine

Our planet magazine is UNEP’s magazine for environmentally sustainable development. Each issue of Our Planet concentrates on one specific theme, tying into international conferences , meetings , events , or dealing with issues of our time e.g. Water or Climate Change.
Our Planet contains articles by leaders of United Nations organizations, national governments, non-governmental organizations, experts, business leaders and opinion formers.


Negotiating and Implementing MEAs: A Manual for NGOs

This manual attempts to link the two areas of MEA formulation and civil society participation. Its goal is to both strengthen multi-stakeholder participation and increase political momentum for effective MEA development, implementation and enforcement


Cultural and Spiritual Values of Biodiversity

If nothing else, the biodiversity debate over the last few decades has taught us that life is a mosaic of biological forms, webs of interrelated niches, and myriad ecosystems. Like a mosaic, the intricate pieces that comprise the work, when viewed too closely, may not reveal the overall vision that is the message of the art. Yet, the message of the mosaic is revealed only through its intricacy and diversity.

This volume is a mosaic. It is composed of contributions from people and peoples around the world. The fragments that comprise the text were provided by those who share concerns at the accelerating loss of cultural and language diversity that accompanies the devastation of biological diversity. The papers, stories, poems, case studies, photographs, drawings and song lyrics all contribute to the larger vision of the volume: that of highlighting the central importance of cultural and spiritual values in an appreciation and preservation of all life.



Earthprint contains publications from UNEP and also contains environmental publications from other prominent international organizations.