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  • 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.  The increasing complexity of environmental degradation requires an enhanced capacity for scientific assessment, monitoring and early warning. UNEP is implementing or participating in several global environmental assessments, including the Global International Waters Assessment, the Global Environment Monitoring System Freshwater Quality Programme and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.
  • UNEP works with the secretariats of MEAs to support Governments to enhance their capacity to effectively participate in MEAS related negotiations and to implement the requirements under those MEAs by providing training and other capacity-building activities and knowledge management tools.   UNEP supports the development of mechanism for synergetic implementation of MEAs, including through harmonization of national reporting based on cluster of MEAs or common themes cutting across MEAs, as well as through development of on-line portal for MEAs national reporting and  knowledge management.
  • The New York Office represents UNEP at the UN Headquarters. It serves as a vital link with Governments (through their Permanent Missions to the UN and their delegations to various intergovernmental meetings in New York), with agencies, funds and programmes of the UN system, and with departments of the UN Secretariat, notably the Offices of the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General.   The Office ensures, through its participation in intergovernmental meetings, that UNEP’s voice and guidance on environmental policy issues are taken into account in the deliberations and recommendations of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council and its subsidiary bodies, as well as in other special UN summits and conferences. UNEP’s role in the coordination of UN system-wide activities in the field of the environment is ensured by the New York Office’s participation in major inter-agency meetings, particularly the UN System Chief Executives Board (CEB), the UN Executive Committees and the UN Development Group (UNDG) and the work of the Environmental Management Group (EMG) The Office develops strategies and specific policy initiatives and proposals in this regard. The Office also undertakes substantive collaborative initiatives with partners in the UN system, for example with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in the field of children’s environmental health.
  • UNEP provides the secretariat of the Environmental Management Group of UN.  The Environment Management Group (EMG) is a grouping of all UN agencies and Secretariats of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) as well as the Bretton Woods Institutions and the World Trade Organization working together to share information about their respective plans and activities in the fields of environment and human settlements: to inform and consult one another about proposed new initiatives; to contribute to a planning framework that permits the plan and activities of each participant to be reviewed within the framework of the whole range of activities being carried out by all participating agencies; and to consult with each other with a view to developing an agreed set of priorities as well as to institute measures through which each participating organization can best contribute towards the implementation of those priorities. The EMG was established in 2001 to enhance UN system-wide inter-agency coordination related to specific issues in the field of environment and human settlements through a comprehensive series of measures designed to enhance coherent and coordinated action within the UN system in these areas. The EMG aims to identify and address, collectively, specific problems and issues on the international environment and human settlements agenda requiring enhanced inter-agency cooperation within a given time-frame through securing effective and collaborative involvement of the relevant United Nations system agencies, programmes and organs, and other potential partners. It also seeks to provide a forum for an early discussion and sharing of information on emerging problems and issues in the field of environment and human settlements, geared at finding collectively the most effective coordinated approach to address them




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