You are here:


The diversity of the partnerships in the field of Environmental Governance is notable for its great scope. UNEP works with partners, both governmental and non-governmental, and national and international. UNEP serves the Governments of United Nations Member States, who are in turn essential partners of UNEP in delivering its services at all levels. Other implementing partners for this subprogramme will include at the global level, for promoting policy coherence, United Nations bodies, funds, programmes, and specialized agencies; United Nations system coordination bodies such as the 

  • Chief Executives Board, 
  • Environment Management Group,
  • United Nations Development Group
  • Global Environment Facility,
  • World Bank,
  • multilateral environmental agreements and their conferences of parties, 
  • subsidiary bodies and secretariats,
  • and other intergovernmental organizations.

At the regional level, implementing partners will include 

  • United Nations regional economic commissions;
  •  regional development banks; 
  • regional seas conventions and other regional environmental agreements, in particular those for which UNEP provides the secretariats; regional intergovernmental organizations and related entities such as the
  •  African Union, 
  • the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Secretariat, 
  • Association of Southeast Asian Nations, 
  • South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme,
  • South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, 
  • Inter-State Sustainable Development Commission,
  • Tripartite Environmental Ministers Meeting,
  • South Pacific Regional Environment Programme,
  • European Commission, 
  • Council of Europe,
  • European Centre for Nature Conservation, 
  • Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe,
  • League of Arab States and the Gulf Cooperation Council, 
  • Organization of American States,
  • Central American Integration System,
  • Caribbean Common Market CARICOM, 
  • OECS Organization of East Caribbean States  and  
  • Andean Community. At the national level, implementation partners will include, in addition to Governments, United Nations country teams; UNDP and other United Nations organizations and academic and research institutions in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. 

For enhancing the capacity of States to implement their environmental obligations, implementing partners will include Governments and their institutional components, including the judiciary, parliamentarians and their international associations (such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union), enforcement officials and relevant international organizations, (such as the World Customs Organization and the International Criminal Police Organization), local authorities, relevant United Nations bodies, agencies that support or complement the work of UNEP in this area such as UNDP, FAO, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research and the United Nations University, the World Bank and regional development banks, secretariats of global and regional multilateral environmental agreements such as the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, other expert entities such as international  networks on compliance and enforcement, expert and academic institutions, foundations, intergovernmental expert bodies such as Asian-African Legal Consultative Group and international entities that promote south-south technical cooperation. 

UNEP collaborating centres of excellence 

  • the UNEP Risoe Centre, 
  • UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, 
  • UCC Water and 
  • UNEP GRID–Arendal.
 research institutes in developing countries and countries with economies in transition 
  • Centro Latino Americano de Ecologia Social, 
  • Island Resources Foundation and 
  • academic and research institutions

In all its activities UNEP seeks to work with major groups, organizations and stakeholders such as farmers’ organizations, women’s organizations, the scientific and technological communities, children and youth organizations, indigenous peoples and their communities, workers and trade unions, business and industry, non-governmental organizations and local authorities. It will also work with media for outreach, public communications and public awareness raising campaigns.



University of Finland and UNEP - 12th Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements
2-12 November 2015, Shanghai, China

The Special theme of the Twelfth Course is Climate Change.

2nd UNEP-INTERPOL Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee Conference
16-17 November 2015, INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, Singapore

At the 2nd ECEC in Singapore, INTERPOL and UNEP brought together Chief Executives from Environmental Security and Enforcement agencies from INTERPOL member countries, as well as Chief Executive Officers from international and non-governmental organizations, to design and debate strategies to tackle environmental crime and achieve sustainable development goals.

Annual Meeting UNEP- EUROCLIMA (EC Programme to support Policy Dialogue on Climate Change issues in Latin American countries)

Special session of the Commission on Environment of the PARLATINO(Latin American Parliament) on Climate Change law.

27-28 October 2015, Panama

Global Training Programme on Environmental Law and Policy for Mid-career Government Officials

05-13 October 2015, Nairobi, Kenya

Meeting of the Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on Mid-term review of the Montevideo Programme IV

7-11 September 2015, Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo Programme Environmental Law Seminar: Laws to Promote environmental sustainability of oceans and seas
9-10 July, Panama City, Panama

Montevideo Programme Environmental Law Seminar: Legal Foundation for Environmental Sustainability

13-14 July 2015, United Nations Headquarters, New York

Meeting of Eminent Legal Experts on the Midterm review of the Montevideo Programme IV

15-16 July 2015, United Nations Headquarters, New York

Regional Training on Negotiations for Multilateral Environmental Agreements Focusing on UNFCCC and CBD as they relate to Regional Seas Convention
11-13 May 2015, Jeddah Kingdom, Saudi Arabia

Meeting of Climate Change Negotiators of Latin America and the Caribbean
14-15 May 2015, Santiago de Chile 

Regional Meeting of negotiators in preparation for Climate Change multilateral negotiators (exchange of views and discussion of key topics for the region towards COP21)

International Day for Biological Diversity 2015
22 May 2015

Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

This year’s theme reflects the importance of efforts made at all levels to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda for the period of 2015-2030 and the relevance of biodiversity for the achievement of sustainable development.

Launch of The UNEP Sourcebook 

officially launched at a side event in the margins of Ramsar COP 12 - 8 June 2015, Punta del Este, Uruguay

The aim of the Sourcebook is to provide National Focal Points of the major Biodiversity-related Conventions as well as other stakeholders working on these conventions, with options to achieve enhanced implementation of the conventions through enhanced cooperation.

Preparatory Workshops for Paris UNFCCC COP for 2015 for Least Developed countries

June 2015, Bonn, Germany

Second Congress on Environmental Policy, Law and Justice Seminar on Environmental Crimes

6-10 July 2015, La Habana, Cuba

Inter-American Congress on the Environmental Rule of Law(OAS website)
30-31 March 2015, Montego Bay, Jamaica 

The Organization of American States (OAS) co-organized the First Inter-American Congress on the Environmental Rule of Law in Montego Bay, Jamaica, an event that concluded with a call to strengthen the rule of law on to address environmental challenges in the Americas.

Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development

4 May 2015, UN Headquarters, New York, Conference Room 11