Founded by UNEP in 2008 with support from the Governments of Finland and Sweden, the Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding (ECP) programme aims to strengthen the capacity of countries, regional organizations, UN entities and civil society to understand and respond to the conflict risks and peacebuilding opportunities presented by natural resources and the environment.
This progress report, available here in both full and summary versions, shows clearly how the ECP programme has been able to catalyze change over the last 7 years. With different partners, UNEP has gathered field evidence, analyzed policy and operational responses, and helped to initiate the uptake of good practices and innovative pilot projects in the field.
Not only does this report outline the main outputs and impacts of ECP’s work to date but it also sets out clearly the lessons learned from this work, as well as the future outlook for work in the field of environmental peacebuilding. Continuing work will support Sustainable Development Goal 16 on peaceful societies, access to justice and inclusive institutions.
“Natural resources need to be addressed systematically and effectively in peacebuilding efforts at all levels, from the UN Security Council to the dedicated people working in post-conflict countries.”
Tarja Halonen, Former President of Finland
Summary of Progress or Executive Summary of Progress
Other relevant publications