With the role and influence of civil society greatly expanding within the international community, the New York Office has a key role in developing and maintaining active contacts with UN-affiliated non-governmental organizations (NGOs), foundations, the private sector, academic institutions and others. Through various outreach initiatives and products, the Office builds support among such groups for the work of UNEP, providing them with information, and facilitating the transmittal of their views and information to other substantive units within UNEP. The Office maintains a network of media contacts in an effort to ensure that environmental issues, problems, and the UN’s role in their solution, are featured appropriately and targeted to the right audiences. The Office also works closely with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), and the Spokesman for the Secretary-General, and organizes special events and exhibits at UN Headquarters.
The Office serves as a media link between UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi and UN Headquarters in New York. It also promotes the inclusion of the environmental dimension within the messages, services and products of the UN Department of Public Information devoted to sustainable development and international economic cooperation.
UNEP Headquarters News Centre
UN Headquarters News Centre
REN21 Briefs UN Member States on "The Future of Renewable Energy, 29 April 2013"
The New York Office develops and maintains a proactive relationship with UN-affiliated non-governmental organizations (NGOs), foundations, the private sector, academic institutions and others. It builds support among such groups for the work of the UN in the international environmental field and the role of UNEP as the environmental conscience of the UN system. In particular it has developed fruitful cooperation with religious and faith communities. The Office also provides briefings on UNEP activities to a wide variety of visiting groups from the academic community and civil society, either directly or through the UN Department of Public Information.
UNEP Major Groups & Stakeholders
UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service
Interfaith Partnership for the Environment
The Office regularly organzies special events and exhibitions at UNHQ often in observance of major international environmental days and years. In particular, it hosts the UNHQ observances of World Environment Day, and various special events in collaboration with UNEP Headquarters & UN system partners.
Special Events Archive